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How to procrastinate effectively

I’m in the process of trying to finish my very first essay for uni. Although it’s been 7 long years since I wrote an essay, turns out, I haven’t lost one of my skills from university days: the art of procrastinating. I used to be really good at that. And turns out, now I’m even better. In my attempt to complete my 1200 word close-reading essay on a page from a book of my choice, I am happy to announce:

Sanch’s Guide on how to procrastinate effectively:

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1. Blog: Make sure all the brilliant blog ideas strike when you are just about to make that critical argument in your essay. How-to posts are great as are all the link-ups you need to write for. And if you ever have writer’s block, turns out it will disappear the minute you have to focus on something as riveting as an essay. And while we are at blogging, reading other blogs is a brilliant way of procrastinating. After all, you probably haven’t had time to read them in the past week and this is the perfect time to read and comment on them!

2. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: When I was at uni 7 years ago, Facebook was the only procrastination tool I had to distract me from my thesis. Now with the mass social media revolution, I have way more options. So if Facebook gets boring, I can procrastinate using 140 characters or just viewing photos. Every few seconds. Not that my instagram feed gets updated that quickly. But you never know!

3. Speak on the phone: Just this evening I had two one-hour long conversations. In the three hours I’d allocated myself to complete my essay. Yep. Genius. Make sure you reconnect with friends from long-ago or even just touch base with that close friend to talk about any problems they may be having. Not only does it distract you from your big problem {The ESSAY!}, you feel good at being able to help out a friend. Perks, much? And of course, make time to speak to that special person in your life. Time well spent, I say.

4. Whatsapp: This is the time to remember to whatsapp your sister, your friends who are overseas, your long lost cousins. Whoever.

5. Do the dishes: I hate doing the dishes. But somehow, when there’s an essay due, I’d rather wash the damn dishes. Amazing how clean my kitchen is at this point!

6. Eat: Now I’m generally hungry every couple of hours but when I’m attempting to complete an assignment, it’s like my body and brain needs extra fuel. To the point where I’ll go to the kitchen every 15 to 20 minutes to see if something mysteriously pops up in my bare pantry and fridge. Keeps me off-task. Just as the procrastination gurus intended.

7. Make me a cuppa: If I’m working on my essay during the day, it’s usually coffee I lean towards. In the evening, post-work, it’s herbal teas. And lots and lots of it. And you know what happens when you drink too much fluid, don’t you? Yep, bathroom breaks! That’s two for the price of one! πŸ™‚

8. Think and plan for other assignments: Apparently, if you want to procrastinate but still feel productive, start thinking about other assignments. The end result tends to be you don’t do anything well but you feel like you have done something. Barely.

9. Skype your parents: Even though I talk to my parents probably just once or twice a month, it seems to become essential to skype them the night I have uni work to do. Family is important. Except when you are out hiking or socialising or working or at home writing and blogging.

10. Reorganise and reorder: Now I haven’t actually done this one. Yet. But my previous housemate Z was the queen of this. I’d come home some days from work to find that she had reorganised the kitchen and laundry. Or that she had cleaned the garage {which I’d been intending on doing since I moved in 5 years ago} and reorganised everything in it. Let’s see if my uni work pushes me that far! I have been known to clean the house and my room in the past. So I wouldn’t put it past me…

So that’s it for my tips on how to procrastinate effectively.

Have you got any other ideas? What things do you do to procrastinate?

Do share!

And if you feel the urge to procrastinate,Β you can alwaysΒ subscribe to my blog, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Just saying! πŸ˜€

***Linking with Jess for IBOT and Emily and Vanessa for Laugh Linkup***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Vanessa
    19 August 2014 at 8:27 am

    I clean. It’s about the only time I do ever clean.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      19 August 2014 at 8:28 am

      Haha…yeah back when I was at uni full time, my room was always spotless before an assignment. πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa
    19 August 2014 at 8:27 am

    I clean. It’s about the only time I do ever clean.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      19 August 2014 at 8:28 am

      Haha…yeah back when I was at uni full time, my room was always spotless before an assignment. πŸ™‚

  • Shailaja V
    19 August 2014 at 10:28 am

    Oh god! This is so hilarious and so true! Damned that social media and that eating bug. It strikes me too when a deadline looms. Something in the task, I say πŸ™‚ Lovely post!!
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  • Shailaja V
    19 August 2014 at 10:28 am

    Oh god! This is so hilarious and so true! Damned that social media and that eating bug. It strikes me too when a deadline looms. Something in the task, I say πŸ™‚ Lovely post!!
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  • iSophie
    19 August 2014 at 10:57 am

    Those all sound very familiar! I also find that suddenly I need to bake biscuits or cakes. #teamIBOT

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Ooh I had a flatmate that did that in uni. Let’s just say it helped with me looking for food… :p

  • iSophie
    19 August 2014 at 10:57 am

    Those all sound very familiar! I also find that suddenly I need to bake biscuits or cakes. #teamIBOT

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Ooh I had a flatmate that did that in uni. Let’s just say it helped with me looking for food… :p

  • Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    19 August 2014 at 11:41 am

    Yes, reading blogs is an excellent form of procrastination, thank you:)
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  • Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    19 August 2014 at 11:41 am

    Yes, reading blogs is an excellent form of procrastination, thank you:)
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  • John Holton
    19 August 2014 at 11:42 am

    Pinterest is a great way to get lost permanently. It’s a procrastination tool on steroids.
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    19 August 2014 at 11:42 am

    Pinterest is a great way to get lost permanently. It’s a procrastination tool on steroids.
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  • Kinmin
    19 August 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I love this post Sanch!! Much needed laughter after a crazy busy Monday! πŸ™‚
    I do most of this stuff too, especially reading blogs and anything else I can lay me eyes on; and have sometimes spent hours stalking random people I knew 10 years ago! Oh well! Now when I have a deadline, I usually sign out of facebook, so that when I open it every 15 minutes, I am reminded that I’m not supposed to be on FB! It works quite often! πŸ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Haha…oh you would have to procrastinate given you are doing research. I loved procrastinating during my master’s thesis. And I live your Facebook tip. I should try that with all social media and blogs!

  • Kinmin
    19 August 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I love this post Sanch!! Much needed laughter after a crazy busy Monday! πŸ™‚
    I do most of this stuff too, especially reading blogs and anything else I can lay me eyes on; and have sometimes spent hours stalking random people I knew 10 years ago! Oh well! Now when I have a deadline, I usually sign out of facebook, so that when I open it every 15 minutes, I am reminded that I’m not supposed to be on FB! It works quite often! πŸ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Haha…oh you would have to procrastinate given you are doing research. I loved procrastinating during my master’s thesis. And I live your Facebook tip. I should try that with all social media and blogs!

  • Kathy
    19 August 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Yep I can see how you are doing very well at this procrastinating caper. I’m sure you’ll do a stellar job of your essay on the night before it’s due or the early hours of the morning it is due. Good luck.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:53 pm

      That would have worked in the past Kathy when I wasn’t working full time while studying and wasn’t as social. Thankfully I’ve gotten it done and just need one final proof read!

  • Kathy
    19 August 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Yep I can see how you are doing very well at this procrastinating caper. I’m sure you’ll do a stellar job of your essay on the night before it’s due or the early hours of the morning it is due. Good luck.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:53 pm

      That would have worked in the past Kathy when I wasn’t working full time while studying and wasn’t as social. Thankfully I’ve gotten it done and just need one final proof read!

  • Beloo Mehra
    19 August 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This is fabulous πŸ™‚ Some really good tips there, Sanch. It turns out I have been following some of those today because I have something like an essay to write. Maybe that’s what brought me to your blog today πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚
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    19 August 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This is fabulous πŸ™‚ Some really good tips there, Sanch. It turns out I have been following some of those today because I have something like an essay to write. Maybe that’s what brought me to your blog today πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚
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  • Bikram
    19 August 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Hey did you manage to do that essay .. or you still Procrastinating πŸ™‚ he he he

    what do i do .. Well I get on to my PS4 and Kill all the ZOmbiessssssssssssss πŸ™‚ yaaa hooooooooo πŸ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Ah Bikram, I didn’t get it done that night but have it done now. πŸ™‚ Video games…of course…forgot people use that. A lot of my teenage clients use that!

  • Bikram
    19 August 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Hey did you manage to do that essay .. or you still Procrastinating πŸ™‚ he he he

    what do i do .. Well I get on to my PS4 and Kill all the ZOmbiessssssssssssss πŸ™‚ yaaa hooooooooo πŸ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Ah Bikram, I didn’t get it done that night but have it done now. πŸ™‚ Video games…of course…forgot people use that. A lot of my teenage clients use that!

  • Pinky Poinker
    20 August 2014 at 7:14 am

    It’s dreadful isn’t it. I do housework too. When I was at uni I’d go to bed at 8:30pm and wake up at 2:00am and write my thesis. The house was silent and there were no distractions. I’d go back to bed at 4:00am but at least I got 2 hours work done.
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 August 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Oh wow…that’s pretty motivated. Unfortunately I have to wake up at 5 every morning so doubt that routine would work for me. Housework seems to be a very common tool! πŸ™‚

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    It’s dreadful isn’t it. I do housework too. When I was at uni I’d go to bed at 8:30pm and wake up at 2:00am and write my thesis. The house was silent and there were no distractions. I’d go back to bed at 4:00am but at least I got 2 hours work done.
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      Oh wow…that’s pretty motivated. Unfortunately I have to wake up at 5 every morning so doubt that routine would work for me. Housework seems to be a very common tool! πŸ™‚

  • Ananya Tales
    20 August 2014 at 2:06 pm

    This sounds like ME..
    Other things I do is pretend some other work is more imp at the moment or go for a long walk or wake up really late in morning like after 11am πŸ˜‰
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    20 August 2014 at 2:06 pm

    This sounds like ME..
    Other things I do is pretend some other work is more imp at the moment or go for a long walk or wake up really late in morning like after 11am πŸ˜‰
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  • EssentiallyJess
    20 August 2014 at 2:18 pm

    This made me giggle because it reminds me so much of a friend of mine. You too would get along so well πŸ™‚
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  • EssentiallyJess
    20 August 2014 at 2:18 pm

    This made me giggle because it reminds me so much of a friend of mine. You too would get along so well πŸ™‚
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    20 August 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Practically sounds like MY life….LOL!!! I’ve got a master’s degree on procrastination πŸ˜‰
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    20 August 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Practically sounds like MY life….LOL!!! I’ve got a master’s degree on procrastination πŸ˜‰
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  • Mi
    20 August 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Such a creative post.. πŸ™‚ And all of them work one hundred percent!
    Whatsapp and FB are specially very very addictive! πŸ˜›
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  • Mi
    20 August 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Such a creative post.. πŸ™‚ And all of them work one hundred percent!
    Whatsapp and FB are specially very very addictive! πŸ˜›
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  • missRBit @ Legally Alien
    23 August 2014 at 3:30 am

    I loved this one.. I think I do every single one of them too but my favourite is the reorganising one. Without fail, when I have something important to do, I think it’s even MORE important to reorganise my closet, the room, the kitchen cupboards…
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  • missRBit @ Legally Alien
    23 August 2014 at 3:30 am

    I loved this one.. I think I do every single one of them too but my favourite is the reorganising one. Without fail, when I have something important to do, I think it’s even MORE important to reorganise my closet, the room, the kitchen cupboards…
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    23 August 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I could be the world’s worst/best procrastinator EVER! And I do all of the above things to put off doing hard work. GOOD LUCK – thanks for linking lovely – sorry late reply xx
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    23 August 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I could be the world’s worst/best procrastinator EVER! And I do all of the above things to put off doing hard work. GOOD LUCK – thanks for linking lovely – sorry late reply xx
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