WAYS TO PRODUCTIVELY PROCRASTINATE


We've all done it. You should be doing something important but your mind isn't in the right space, causing you to spend hours doing things which aren't exactly important. For many, this comes in the form of watching back to back Netflix episodes and I myself am unashamedly included in this demographic. But there are several ways in which you can productively and effectively procrastinate, instead of completely wasting your time. Not only does this stop you from completely wasting your time, but also means that you can eliminate some of the guilt you feel after you've watched a whole series of Orange Is The New Black..

UPDATING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
If you run accounts which have a large following then it is vital that you keep posting content regularly, otherwise people will unfollow. There is a tip to this however, and that is to regulate how much you post. Nobody wants to see you and only you on their Instagram feed, even with the new algorithm. If you run a blog on Tumblr or another blogging platform, if you feel like you are posting in bulk, you can always schedule and queue your posts so that they are spread out evenly.

ORGANISING YOUR TIME
Planning out what you want to do within a day/week or month isn't exactly a method of procrastination but I think that it is important that everybody does it. By organising your time and making lists of what needs to be done by when, it makes sure that the tasks are done in manageable chunks instead of leaving everything to the last minute and becoming stressed about it. Keeping everything in a planner or on a calendar gives you a visual representation of what needs to be done and it gives you the satisfaction of crossing or ticking it off when it is done. There's no better feeling.

HONE YOUR SKILLS OR TALENT
Practise makes perfect. If you're one of those people who's dream career involves talent or skill then you will be all to aware of the importance of having practised and prepared your skill. By spending time practising you can ensure that you are doing the best you can and well, if you enjoy it then it makes it all the better. It's also not completely wasting your time, as the skill you're practicing will come in useful one day and you'll thank yourself for it.

WRITING A DIARY OR NOTES FOR LATER
I know that many people think that keeping a diary is a pointless, childish thing to do but I couldn't disagree more. I prefer writing down how I am feeling in comparison to talking about it and it means that in the years to come I can look back and remind myself of thoughts and experiences which I may have forgotten about otherwise. Diaries aren't just where you write down your childish crushes like you used to do, but they allow you to be able to pour your thoughts and memories onto paper and the best thing is, nobody has to know about them unless you tell them. They are for your eyes only and for many, keeping a diary is just an outlet which they otherwise wouldn't have.

TIDYING YOUR WORK SPACE/ROOM
The expression 'Tidy house, Tidy mind' is one which I try to live by. Although my room sometimes can become a little bit of a mess, I actually enjoy organising things and making things look nice. Being able to find things when you need them in a rush can diffuse a stressful situation, so by knowing where something is and not spending ages making more of a mess looking for it can make a whole world of difference. 

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