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April 12, 2024

Top five ways to “productively” procrastinate

You’ve already suffered through two tests and a quiz today, and your brain is fried more than the hash brown potatoes in Cafe M.  You want to do anything but homework, yet you don’t particularly want another parental lecture about being unproductive. Well my friends, I’ve got the perfect solution for you: five ways to “productively” procrastinate, giving your brain cells a rest while still accomplishing those dreaded assignments at hand.

5. Stay updated: Check your Marlborough e-mail for any important announcements regarding homework. (Extra productivity points if your Internet doesn’t work right away, or you type in your password incorrectly). Check your regular e-mail for anything that may have been sent to that account instead. Check Haiku just to be sure that you haven’t missed any crucially important announcements. While you’re at it, color-code Haiku so that each class’s color matches the color of your binder for that class.

4. Put thought into assignments: Start your English essay by contemplating whether to write just your name and date at the top of your essay, the name, date, and teacher’s name, the name, date, teacher’s name, and class section… etc.

3. Be prepared: Print out the thirty-page reading packet for Latin/science/another class. Watch every single page print to make sure that the printer doesn’t run out of ink or paper.  Take said pages and straighten multiple times to ensure a perfectly stapled assignment.

2. Obtain supplies: Forget your math book in the car. Go retrieve your math book. Return to your preferred place to study. Realize you left your calculator on the counter when you went to get the keys. Go get your calculator. Repeat with paper, pencils, etc.

1. Read Thoroughly: Get entirely captivated by (or, for extra stars, addicted to) the UV online. Read every article from beginning to end to ensure that you know all about the happenings at Marlborough and the latest tips on procrastinating effectively.

If you’ve got more ideas on how to effectively and productively procrastinate, feel free to comment below! The possibilities for procrastination are endless. But for now, this expert procrastinator has to get back to doing her homework.

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    HeatherFeb 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    That is indeed an excellent procrastination technique. Although I’ve given up on keeping my desk clean, I have to say folding clothes (or hanging them up–especially if you have to go search for hangers to do so) is an excellent way to be productive, procrastinate, AND appease the parentals. Well suggested!

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    Justine CookJan 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    As a mother I would hazard to suggest you left out the most important procrastination technique CLEANING UP YOUR ROOM, organizing all shoes by color and style, refolding shirts and deciding that you absolutely can’t do any work until you wipe off your desk!