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Procrastinating done the right way

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11:30 AM | 6 February 2015
by Lars Bjornbakk
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Eating breakfast in the morning is probably the best time of day. It is not as much about the wonderful feeling of crawling blindly out of bed, disorientated and cold. It is about the quiet time where you are expected to do nothing.

The time when you do nothing should be accompanied by something. I find reading blogs to be great. Using downtime to fill up on inspiration, knowledge and motivation is a very good idea, but sometimes you just don’t want to put an effort into it. You want to mindlessly be served the content. And luckily there are such things as TED talks, which allows you to do just that.

Procrastinating is something all of us do. When opening a book or a empty document, and thinking; my brain isn’t really in work-mode, so I’ll just have a quick look at what’s happening on Facebook. BAM! Two and a half hours just disappeared. The way from a YouTube video shared in your Facebook feed to puppies and cats is very short, and it leaves you with the familiar thought “shit, I wish I hadn’t done that”.

Well there are ways to avoid this. First of which is just not to do it. Honestly, have some self control. That’s easier said than done. So instead of pointlessly staring at various social media feeds, you can choose channels with content that engages your mind.

A teacher of mine once said “The expressions you expose yourself to will be reflected on your work. If you only watch crappy TV shows and spend your waking hours pointlessly scrolling through Facebook - don’t expect your work to be anything else than pointless crap”.

This have proven to be very right for me. In times where I get very little variation in the content I consume, the work I produce usually becomes poorer.

I tend to spend the time procrastinating on websites like Fubiz, Abduzeedo and From Up North.

When I’m really not in the mood for working and decide to not work for a hour or so, then checking out some documentaries on DocumentaryHeaven is perfect. I might still be wasting time, but all of a sudden you realise that you’ve picked up a thing or two that helps spark ideas, or in worst case scenario; you’ve gained some random knowledge.

So when you don’t feel like working or just need some time to kickstart your brain, remember that TED has a playlist called “16 TED Talks that are perfect for procrastination”.

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