So, I sat down to write this blog (Originally entitled, “Let’s Talk About Life”) and here’s how the last fifty minutes have gone:
1) I wrote the first five words of a sentence
2) I searched Spotify to find the perfect soundtrack to boost my creativity
3) My roommate came home with a friend and I showed him the Youtube video of a song related to the one I had been listening to
4) I watched ten other youtube videos
5) I checked Facebook
6) I watched another youtube video
7) I posted that youtube video on a Facebook status
8) I tweeted about the video
9) I found the full-length video of the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert and listened to the opening song
10) I looked at my blog-in-progress and started writing this
So, if this sequence of events hasn’t convinced you, let me prove my procrastination skills by giving you these suggestions on how to procrastinate the correct way:
Need a laugh while stressing over that 15 page term paper? Got a make-or-break final looming overhead? Scroll through the pages of this website and laugh to yourself while you thank God that this isn’t your family (or, if it is, that you hopefully don’t have to see them everyday).
Do you love Harry Potter? Did you have a Childhood? Are you still waiting to get your Hogwarts letter? Do you know entirely too much about the novels and story? Are you self-conscious that you don’t know enough? Say no more, Pottermore is the place to spend that extra time you don’t have! Learn fascinating new details about Rowling’s immense novels while interacting with semi-interactive scenes related to the settings of the books.
Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon? Who needs productivity when you can utilize your time organizing all of those ideas you just might get to if you can ever get off the webpage.
If you’re looking for something a little less time-committal, here are some fun links to check out:
Youtube videos of The Ellen Show. You can never go wrong with a bit of Ellen.
The Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2. Prepare to cry at its beauty. Also, Nick Jonas does a heart-wrenching rendition of “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.” Whoops, did I just out myself as a Jonas fan? #Don’tcare
Epic Rap Battles of History: Fun and Funny. Some are hit and miss, but for the most part, it’s a good time.
Screen Junkies. These guys do a lot of funny videos, but look for their ‘Honest Trailers,’ especially Twilight, The Dark Knight, and Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace
Bad Lip-Reading. These guys are hilarious, but a personal favorite is The Hunger Games
The Piano Guys. Everything that comes out of this channel is pure gold. Trying to muster up some motivation to actually start that project? Start here, and let your ears be engulfed in The Piano Guys beautiful genius.
Finally, are you wanting to become more active in your life? Let this be your inspiration. I’ve directly posted a link to a specific favorite of my own, but if you go to youtube and just search “So You Think You Can Dance?” You can find millions of other clips just like this one.
So there you have it, the things I waste my time with. I would like to end with a little nugget of wisdom, however. I truly believe that, if you are incredibly stressed out, a little break for a laugh, and a little something to get your mind off of your work, can do wonders for your motivation AND your productivity. So, maybe a little procrastination isn’t so bad, after all.