Procrastination & Productive Weekends
We’re all procrastinators. And if you’re sitting here saying “I’m not!” …either you’re a miracle-worker or you’re fooling yourself.
I’ve been known to take an hour to make a cup of coffee and grab a snack or even take a nap when I need to be studying. Doing nothing (or doing something fun) is way better than homework… But that’s obviously procrastination – and I know I have important things to get done.
Ever spent a few minutes – or even hours – organizing your desk or your email inbox? You’re procrastinating without even realizing it. You finish getting everything “just so”, and you have a feeling of accomplishment… but did you actually do anything useful? Probably not. Having a de-cluttered inbox or work space isn’t actually going to measurably improve your productivity for the rest of the day.
But there are ways of procrastinating that can actually be productive. Maybe there are errands or small tasks that you’re required to do every day. Getting all of those done would be productive – after all, it’s what you’re supposed to be doing. But if those smaller tasks are only part of your work day, and you skip one or two in order to get a bigger, more important project done, you’ve actually… productively procrastinated!
Not as cool of a hashtag as the first story… I tried.
Anyway, if you want to have a productive weekend (i.e. not procrastinate or procrastinate productively…), then try your hand at some of these ideas.
Apartment (and dorm) living can be pretty stressful. You’re stuck in a small space, often with roommates. It can be really hard to find space for everything, and really easy to let those spaces get incredibly cluttered, insanely quickly.
Firstly, figure out your layout – that’ll set you up for success in the rest of the apartment. Here are some great suggestions for how to lay out your living space to maximize your organization and sanity.
If your kitchen drawers have gotten chaotic and hardly even close, try some cheap organizers that you can make out of things you probably already have.
Need some [personal] space? Buying a divider can be expensive and hanging a curtain is often awkward and doesn’t quite do the trick. Here’s a tutorial on building your own folding room divider so you can have some privacy.
Bathroom space is my own personal nightmare. I’ve had apartment bathrooms that had no towel bars or hooks included, which is not a welcome discovery after a whole day of moving furniture. All I wanted was a shower, but then where would I put my towel? Here are some creative ideas for finding (or making) space for towels in your tiny bathroom.
And finally, cleaning up the apartment after a party or when you’ve gone 3 months without putting your clothes away is a necessity to restore peace-of-mind. Take a page out of Monica Gellar’s book (shoutout to the Friends fans out there!)
In the News This Week:
Dropping (f) bombs: Ever been so frustrated with your coworkers that you just… let ’em have it? Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D – NY) has had enough of DC’s political shenanigans, and she’s not afraid to tell them so.
Stream on: Taylor Swift, notoriously against streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, has decided to release her entire music catalog on all music streaming services as of 12:00am this morning.
C-SPAN got interesting: This Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified to the US Senate Intelligence Committee about the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US election.
Well that didn’t go as planned: Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, called an early parliamentary election three years ahead of schedule in the expectation that her party would take an even stronger majority before Brexit negotiations. That… didn’t exactly happen.
You’re Not the Only One: Thriving in the Face of Impostor Syndrome
Do you feel like maybe you don’t belong here? Or that your acceptance into college was a mistake and that any day now, you’ll be kicked out? It sounds like you might be dealing with impostor syndrome, something that many high-achieving individuals struggle with on a daily basis.The truth is, you do belong here, and you are not alone.
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