Top 3 Ways to Procrastinate, Productively!

Studio shot of young woman working in office covered with adhesive notes
Studio shot of young woman working in office covered with adhesive notes

While the calendar approaches the end of 2015, many of us are approaching final exams, reports, and review deadlines. This means two things: stress and procrastination.

What if there was a way to de-stress while procrastinating, yet being productive? Here are three:

  • 3. Research internship opportunities and jobs. Let's face it, finding a job or internship is on everyone's mind. Perhaps it's time to find some clarity, and submit applications. Whether this means scrolling through a list of internships in every Department of the Cabinet in Washington DC or selling your soul to 'Corporate America' and signing up for networking sessions in Manhattan, take this time to get a head-start! Chances are if there's lots to be done now, the workload won't be significantly less anytime soon.
  • 2. Grab lunch with a friend. Stay in contact with those who make you happy and feel good. Chances are he/she is also feeling stressed and could use a productive way to procrastinate. Why not make the best of it and go to lunch? While there, feel free to talk about how you're feeling and provide the opportunity for he/she to do so as well. A true friend's mission is to provide support. An added bonus to choosing this "productive procrastination" option is that if you pick somewhere somewhat healthy, this will also give you added energy to eventually study or write that report!
  • 1. Spend some time alone, reflecting and setting goals.


Sometimes, a little alone time is the best thing for us. It allows for reflection on the past, which helps to avoid making the same mistakes. With so much to do, we often lose track of what and who are important to us. We lose track of our core goals and values, and the reasons we do what we do. Take this time to reevaluate and plan; create a schedule broken up into daily goals (or hourly goals, depending on how much you've procrastinated). Additionally, it may be helpful to think about, and even write down, more long-term goals, such as what you hope to do with your degree, how you plan to help society, or even how you see yourself in 30 years. Remember these goals every so often, and they will provide motivation when you most need it.

With whatever deadline may be approaching, remember that it's okay to take some time to productively procrastinate and relax.

Disclaimer: This article does not by any means endorse unproductive procrastination. (Even napping is productive!)