Put It Off: How to Procrastinate

No one really needs a guide on how to procrastinate.  You just don’t do your work until you absolutely have to.  Of course, if you’ve ever procrastinated too long, or let a big paper get you down while in the middle of your important procrastination, then you know that procrastination isn’t always the cake walk that everyone thinks that it is.  It takes time, it takes effort, and it certainly cannot ever be left out of a student’s repertoire:

Keep Your Mind Off It

Everyone’s mind strays from time to time.  If the paper or studying that you are avoiding is particularly important, it can be hard to keep your mind from returning to all of the things that you should be doing instead of your procrastination.  In times like this, it is important to have handy a few things that are sure to get your mind away.  Find something that is particularly engaging or interesting.  You might try getting into a heated argument online, entering a marathon, or working on a creative project of your own.  Keep your activity handy – you never know when you might need it.

Staying Busy

Boredom is the enemy of procrastination. The last thing that you want is to find yourself working your homework because you had nothing better to do.  It is imperative that you keep yourself busy.  Enter into as many social obligations as possible – other people are a great deterrent to studying.  If your friends aren’t hosting any parties, expand out of your social circle to find opportunities to get you out and about.  If you are truly desperate, you could begin a new part time job or start up your own internet business. Whatever you do, make sure that it will keep you engaged so that there is no way you can slip up.


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The Illusion of Accomplishment

Professors and parents are bound and determined to keep you from the procrastination that you deserve.  Don’t let them keep you from it.  Creating the illusion of work for them is an important part of being able to continue procrastinating.  Act tired and talk about all the work you have been doing.  If necessary, spend a few minutes actually working, so that you can have something to talk about.  When these adults invite you to activities, talk about the homework you should be doing instead.  As always, accept their invitation anyway.

Knowing When to Stop

All good things can be damaging when done in excess – even procrastination.  At some point procrastination is going to stop being a harmless game and become a dangerous grade-destroying habit.  Before you begin procrastinating, do a little bit of time calculations and make sure that you stop before you reach the critical point.  Most people cannot write more than a thousand words per hour – so pacing yourself for papers is relatively simple.  Studying and other projects can be more difficult, so think carefully so that you don’t ruin your life by being overly enthusiastic about your procrastination.

About the Author

Jim Pel is a writer for MyCriminalJusticeCareers.com. If you want to learn more about the career of forensic psychology, this website is a great tool for you to look at the many forensic psychology programs.

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