So this one doesn’t necessarily have to be your dissertation. It could be another essay, assignment, homework or even revision.
- Reading – I like reading. I had to make sure I’d finished Gone Girl before I started doing my work today, because I just didn’t want to put it down. I’m trying to resist the urge to start another book because I know I’ll just get distracted.
- Writing a blog post – This is clearly not me procrastinating. Note the sarcasm there. Blogging has been a bit hit and miss recently as my dissertation deadline approaches (27th Feb!) but I sometimes can’t help but procrastinate.
- Tidying my room – My room isn’t even that messy, but I’ll find something to do just to put off work. Even if it’s just rearranging things.
- Facebook – The dreaded facebook. I don’t have it open when I’m working, but that doesn’t stop me checking it on my phone. And then I check it on my computer just to see if there is anything more interesting than what I’ve just looked at.
- Baking – I’ve done quite a bit of baking since the move into Penglais Farm, and I will admit that it’s sometimes just to stop having to do work.
- Doing other assignments – This is strange I know. But unfortunately, my dissertation isn’t the only thing I have to hand in this semester, so I procrastinate by doing the easier things first, even if they don’t have to be in for a while.
- Sleeping – I like sleeping. And working pretty much non-stop in the morning makes me sleepy. So by the afternoon, I feel completely drained and have to have a little nap. Sometimes the nap goes on for a bit longer than anticipated, and I’ve wasted my afternoon sleeping.
- Watching a film/TV programme – This usually happens if Alex has come round for lunch, and then I can’t be bothered to start working again. So we catch up on The Musketeers or Waterloo Road.
- Lectures – Can this count? Sometimes, I don’t bother to start work because I know I have a lecture in a couple of hours and I don’t want to have to keep checkingt the time. I think this is a valid procrastination technique.
- Doing absolutely nothing – Sometimes I just lie on my bed and do nothing. Or in my bed. It depends how cold I am. This isn’t my favourite though as I actually like to be doing something, so I can feel like I’ve accomplished something.