It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?
However, if you’re anything like me, you know exactly what it means. It’s when you’re intimidated by the BIG LOOMING PROJECT OF DOOM, so you take care of all the little things instead.
Ways to Procrastinate Productively
1. Make Inertia Work for You
I could be paying my bills right now, or Wii-Fitting, or taking a Pokewalk, but instead, I’m writing my weekly blogpost.
You might think it’s because of my priorities, but really? I’m making inertia work for me.
I plugged in my phone downstairs and told myself after I finished this post, I could get back to my binge-watch of Gilmore Girls, that I started yesterday. Then, I took myself upstairs with my dinner and sat down. Because I want to veg out in front of the TV, I’m doing my best to resist the temptations of the internet and writing this post.
2. Fix What’s In Front Of You
I’m a stress cleaner.
Rather than dwell on editing timing and obsess over my NaNoWriMo prep, I spent Sunday cleaning my house. When there are things outside of my control that I can’t fix or bad news coming my way, you’ll often find me cleaning my room or my house.
- It’s something concrete I can control.
- Clutter is background stress to most of us – looking around the room and seeing all the things you know you need to do… eventually.
- It’s something I can FINISH. So that ever present To Do lists looms ever so slightly softer.
3. Feel Free to Pick Up The Low Hanging Fruit
Sometimes, there’s nothing like a list of 2-10 small tasks you can knock out in an hour or so to make you feel productive.
There’s a secret about feeling productive: Sometimes, it makes you feel more confident and builds up momentum so you can tackle that BIG LOOMING PROJECT OF DOOM.
But you know what? Even if you don’t get that momentum? You’ve still managed to get some stuff done.