1. Snack time! Check fridge. Nothing to eat. Lower standards and repeat.
2. Reply to message on phone. Might as well check Facebook and Tumblr while I’m at it.
3. Music helps me study. I should spend two hours making a killer playlist.
4. I should clean my desk first and then post a pic on Instagram #ReadyToStudy
5. My bottle of water is almost half empty. I better fill it up.
6. I’ve studied hard (for ten minutes). I deserve a Netflix break.
7. 11.13am. That’s close enough to lunch time, right?
8. I’ll just watch one more video before studying… aaaand it’s midnight.
HERE’S THE TRICK...
Procrastination. It’s a dirty word your parents use to make you feel lazy. On the contrary, folks, procrastination can become your secret study weapon.
You see, procrastination doesn’t mean you’re doing nothing. Quite often you’re just doing other tasks – like colour co-ordinating your wardrobe – to avoid studying. You can use this to your advantage.
Structured procrastination is a technique outlined by Stanford philosophy professor, John Perry in his book, The Art of Procrastination. It involves creating a productive to-do list that includes tasks worse than studying. This may be the garage you promised to clean or the lawns that you to need mow. The theory is if you stick to the list, these new tasks will make studying look like the easier choice.
You’re basically tricking yourself into studying. Take that, brain!
You can even add a couple of easy tasks to your list – like eating breakfast – because ticking things off a list makes you feel like a productive human being and get you on a roll.