In the last few months I’ve been studying A Level English Literature and it all started nice enough with going to the library, reading the texts, reading sort-of relevant books (hello Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare) and working through the short activities in my course books but now it’s getting to the nitty gritty of assessment preparation and therefore I need to start actually writing essays. My first essays since 2005 *DUH DUH DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH*
Obviously I’ve been tacking this head on by doing everything else apart from actually starting to write the essay. Here are seven of my favourite procrastination techniques:
1. Going to the shop
“What we’re out of milk? I couldn’t possibly study without a cup of tea and a pack of biscuits*. I’d better go to the shop and browse the DVD and homeware aisles for 30 minutes”
*29p Tesco Everyday Value ginger nuts for the thrifty people out there – when they’ve sold out of bourbons which is ALL THE TIME!
2. Find the perfect playlist
Loud music? Too hard to concentrate.
Quiet music? Too peaceful and sleep inducing
It may take quite some time to find the perfect balance for your studying soundtrack but it is time well spent.
Should you happen to end up browsing endless spotify playlists and discovering new music – well that’s a risk we all have to take.
3. Pretending to do useful ‘essay preparation’
This one is actually kinda useful. I’ve been compiling lists, plans and stream of consciousness notes about things I could write about in my essay. Kinda useful but however much I want to convince myself (and my boyfriend) otherwise it’s still not actually writing my essay is it?
4. Organise my course notes
I couldn’t possibly study until all my notes are clearly colour categorised and easily accessible in files now could I?
5. Browsing my bookshelves
“I’ll just sit back in the chair and think about my essay for a while. *looks at bookshelf* Oh, hang on I’d forgotten all about this book. I’ll just have a flick through for nostalgia’s sake…”
“Oh well, it’s bed time now. I’ll make a start on that essay tomorrow”
6. Tidy workspace = tidy mind
Yep, that’s how much I don’t want to start writing my essay – I’d rather be tidying the study. And whilst I’m at it I might as well tidy the hall, and our bedroom and so on and so on….
7. Social networking
Put it this way, what do you think I should be doing instead of writing this blog?
What are your favourite procrastination activities?