Before I send you on the path to professional procrastination, I would firstly like to hit you with the definition, from our lovely friends at Wikipedia; In Psychology procrastination refers to the act of replacing high priority actions with tasks of low priority, thus putting off important tasks to a later time."
If you are reading this you may be well on your way to achieving pro status. Whether putting off work or study, this guide will plant the seeds of new meaningless activities to do, when you should be doing something important.
Google Trends So Google is a great time waster already but how often can you Google yourself? Another way to find out useless information is by heading to Google Trends. Google Trends will provide you with the hottest searches of the day. For example today our fellow man is interested in such things as 'Black Dahlia', 'Kourtney Kardashian pregnant' and my personal favourite 'elf on a shelf'. Do this and it may even pass as a form of educational procrastination.
Walk Around and Stare At Stuff) This method of procrastination is one that I found to be quite popular, as it requires nothing and is self explanatory. Mix it up with various locations outdoors and indoors. Become fascinated by brick work, cracks and smudges, stare off into the garden, watch ants, look at your feet and scratch your head.
Napping So all that walking around and doing nothing, but thinking about doing something tired you out? Take a quick nap. When I say quick this could easily fall into hours of sleeping. It's procrastinating at is finest.
Move Things Around Re-discover your love of rearranging inanimate objects. Don't like your your stapler here? Move it over there. Place all your belongings in one line, then mess it all up so you have to do it again.
This can be done with your colleagues, yourself, family, pet and just about anyone who will listen. Going off on a tangent about nothing can really fill in the time, especially if the conversation takes a turn toward heated nonsense. By this I mean, knowingly pick a topic that infuriates the other party, then decide consciously to disagree with everything they say. If your lucky, diagrams may need to be drawn, research conducted and samples logged, to emphasize your point in a argument that has no end. How do you procrastinate?
Great article Michelle,
I'm one of the world's great procrastinators. My husband thinks I've turned it into an art form. Weekend Notes is my favourite form of procrastination by far. When I want to put off the washing, ironing etc I write a new article - very therapeutic and fun.