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Yes, I’m in Writ-340 right now, and yes, my essay is due this Friday. But I’m not working on it right now. Why, you ask? Well, to put it simply, I don’t want to. Which brings me to the topic of this blog post – what to do when you should be doing something else.

Option 1: Get Something to Eat

Food cures all woes. There’s no better way to de-stress than over a nice meal, any time of the day (or night). Just today I trekked over to Chick-fil-a to fetch my friends some food, rather than work on my paper!

Who needs postmates?

Option 2: Catch Up with Friends

Never underestimate the power of chit chat. Whether it’s learning what everyone in your major is up to, updating one another on your lives, or just talking about that latest episode of Peaky Blinders, you can easily spend a good amount of time catching up with the pals.

Option 3: Get Festive

There’s never an excuse for not getting into the spirit of the seasons! There’s no better time to carve a pumpkin or set up some ornaments when you’re trying to procrastinate and distract yourself from other obligations.

Option 4: Play Music

It may not be for everyone, but I oftentimes find myself sitting down to play guitar for a few minutes before doing work, and before I realize it, it’s been 45 minutes. Or two hours. If jamming on the instrument of your choosing isn’t an option, just listening to your latest Spotify playlist should more than do the trick.

Option 5: Make a List

This one is a personal favorite of mine – you’re still distracting yourself from work, but you’re at least creating the illusion of productivity. While it may start out with “study for chemistry midterm”, “submit math homework”, and other genuine responsibilities, sooner or later you’ll start running out of school-oriented tasks to write down. Before you know it, you’ll have “eat dinner” and “brush teeth” right next to all your other tasks, but don’t worry – there’s no better feeling than crossing something off your to-do list, regardless of it’s legitimacy.

Well fellas, that’s the end of my latest post. I was a bit unorthodox this time, but I think it was a much-needed change of pace. Procrastination is a dangerous game to play, but distracting yourself from work once in awhile is healthy, and it can be helpful. Well, guess I should go back to writing my essay now. Professor Ramsey, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry. I promise I’ll have my essay in by midnight!

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