How To Be Productive While Procrastinating

Everyone procrastinates. Don’t pretend you don’t. Sometimes you really, really, really don’t want to do work, even though you have to. Here are some ways to be somewhat productive, even though you aren’t doing homework.


Get your email under control

Most of our inboxes are flooded with messages we need to respond to, events we need to rsvp to, or other miscellaneous things we need to organize. Get yourself online self together and under control and you may feel more in the mood to work.



If you’re a student, chances are you need to get more sleep than you’re getting. Taking a nap feels so good, and it’s good for your health. It will also energize you so that you’ll be able to do more work later in the night.


Clean up

Clean your room, organize your desk, or do your laundry. There’s probably some chore you need to be doing, so why not get it done while you’re procrastinating? You’ll also feel more accomplished and motivated after you complete a task like this.


Organize your studying

Even if you don’t want to do the homework itself, you can at least plan it out. Make to-do lists and schedules. You’ll feel more under control and will at least be able to commit to getting something done at some point.


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