Procrastination: so addictive and yet so dangerous. It’s easy to palm off urgent work when you have so many other things you could be doing. Like painting your toenails or learning to roll your own sushi. When life seems overwhelming, why not push everything aside and pretend it doesn’t exist?
These are the seven ways our procrastination tends to manifest:
There’s three weeks worth of dirty laundry, the floor is sticky and you haven’t changed your sheets for at least a month (give or take a few). Suddenly, all of the rooms in your house seem desperately in need of a little TLC. What do you do? Procrastinate your troubles away with a home or desk overhaul. Vacuum the floors, sort out those old papers and make sure everything is SQUEAKY clean before you even think of doing that work. It’s not procrastinating if you’re getting jobs done, right?
The Netflix Binger
Everyone’s raving about Orange is the New Black so you have to see what the big deal is, hey? Three seasons and two days later, you realise calling into work sick probably wasn’t the best idea. Especially when you find yourself in a Netflix wormhole, watching a documentary about the evolution of beetles. And just when you think you’re ready to get back to work, loads of new shows and movies you’d been planning to watch have popped up. Oops. Looks like it’s time for season four of Gossip Girl (keep fighting for Blair, Chuck!!)
Bored? Have a snack. Busy? Have a snack. Up to your eyeballs in work? Have another snack! If you can’t stay away from the pantry or the fridge, you’re probably a hardcore snacker. Banana on toast, last night’s leftover Chinese, a homemade croquembouche – if it’s there or you can whip it up, you’ll eat it. Which is totally delicious and great until you enter your post-food coma. I’ll need another hour or so to lie down, thanks.
The Internet Surfer
What is Kim Kardashian’s middle name? Who invented piña coladas? Why does hair go frizzy in rain? These are the important questions that keep us from ever finishing (or even starting) our work. You can’t stop yourself from spiralling into this web obsession. Time to answer all the questions you never even realised you needed to know - and more!
Sleep is good for your health, right? So therefore napping must be the healthy alternative to getting stuff done? If your brain feels fried or you simply can’t think straight, it only makes sense to treat yourself to a snooze. You’ll either wake up ready to tackle the day or you’ll feel like you’ve been hit by a bus. Which is still a better option than actually doing that tax return.
The List Maker
- Send those important work emails
- RSVP to your second-cousin’s wedding
- Book the dog’s haircut
- Buy groceries for Friday’s dinner party
- Finish client review
- Actually start completing list…?
There’s nothing more satisfying than mapping out everything you have to do. You can arrange your jobs by date, time, importance, distance, alphabetical order or colour of the outfit you’ll wear when you complete said task. And when you’ve finally finished completing such a spectacular and well-organised to-do-list? Take a break! Reward yourself! The hardest work is done (or so you swear).
Face masks, fresh nails and makeup tutorials. Because who doesn’t want to learn how to recreate the golden smoky eye look with extra highlight across the brow bone? When everything seems too much to handle, you need to TREAT yo’ self. Soak in a bath, make a good coffee scrub and glue tiny diamantes to your fingernails. If you don’t look good, you won’t feel good. And don’t even think about starting that essay until you’ve tried six different hairstyles for the day.
Feature Image: Girls, HBO
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