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How to: Productively procrastinate during midterms

Posted By Fiona Hannigan On Oct 10, 2011 @ 11:09 am In The Specials | Comments Disabled

3768198101_34ff711267_oWhether you’re done with midterms for now, just beginning them or in the middle [1] of a hellish whirlwind of exams and essays, you’re probably procrastinating right now. Hello – you are reading the Clog.

On the rare occasion that we commend our neighbors in the South bay [2], Stanford philosophy professor John Perry won an Ig Nobel prize [3] the week before last for his “structured procrastination” theory [4]. He writes: “The procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely and important tasks … as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.”

Finally our Cardinal rivals [5] get something right. Now you don’t have to click “stumble” 285 times or watch 15 consecutive episodes of “Entourage” (or, we suppose you can justify it as cultural education). You can procrastinate and get off scott-free! Here are five of the things we did today our choice ways:

1. Plan ahead. In case you’ve been living under Founders’ Rock [6], you might be interested in knowing that the Spring 2012 schedule [7] is out and Ninja Courses [8] is up and running. Not to mention most of the department websites have announced their fall classes. The Freshman & Sophomore seminars [9] and Discovery courses [10] sites aren’t updated yet, but that can’t stop you when it’s all in the ever-aesthetically pleasing Courier font of schedule.berkeley.edu [11]. That’s right, it’s almost halfway through the semester, so now that you’re finally sick of your fall classes [12], it’s time to get excited about next semester – we swear, as we have every semester before, this time it’ll be different.

2. Make a laptop stand [13]. At the risk of sounding like your parents: Do you know how bad for your posture and wrists [14] those things are? Have any leftover cardboard [15] from move-in day or an old binder [16] you’d rather not stare at anymore (Oh, Chem 1A, why must you constantly remind us of your existence?) lying around? Then you can easily solve all of your problems (except for your paper due tomorrow) by making your own DIY laptop stand. There are a variety of different styles ranging in aesthetic and simplicity, and plenty of online resources [17] to tell you what you need to do. Or you can be like us and tape some stuff together until it looks right. If you start questioning your procrastination, remember, you need to do this to write your paper. You don’t want to end up like this [18].

3. Talk to people. Junior Thomas Siu swears by his own method, which he calls “being socially productive.” By flirting, building up friendships and “Facebook chatting people you just met” you are acing the midterm of perhaps the most important class in college: your social life [19]. Or you could just play Sporcle [20].

4. Learn to use a microwave cook. If you’re like us, and your drop-out plan is to join the Cheeseboard Collective [21], this method is doubly productive. We all need to eat, who can argue with that? If you are cooking-challenged or live in a dorm, you can always make cake in a cup [22]. Seriously, what better brain food is there than cake?

5. Write for the Clog a blog post. Perhaps one on productive procrastination in an effort to productively procrastinate. C’mon, we know you have a tumblr. Or could start one. Or you may be like us and already have a convenient excuse to avoid studying and write it off as work.

Image source: Emilie Ogez [23] under Creative Commons
Earlier: Get Your Psychic On [24]

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URLs in this post:

[1] in the middle: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/03/09/how-to-study-for-midterms/

[2] our neighbors in the South bay: http://clog.dailycal.org/2010/04/08/stanford-beats-berkeley-in-stress-levels/

[3] Ig Nobel prize: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/10/01/and-the-prestigious-ig-nobel-prizes-go-t-wait-huh/

[4] “structured procrastination” theory: http://www.stanforddaily.com/2011/10/04/philosophy-prof-wins-ig-nobel-prize-for-structured-procrastination/

[5] Finally our Cardinal rivals: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/09/09/stanford-hospital-fails-at-patient-privacy/

[6] Founders’ Rock: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founders

[7] Spring 2012 schedule: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/

[8] Ninja Courses: http://ninjacourses.com/

[9] Freshman & Sophomore seminars: http://fss.berkeley.edu/

[10] Discovery courses: http://lsdiscovery.berkeley.edu/

[11] schedule.berkeley.edu: http://schedule.berkeley.edu

[12] finally sick of your fall classes: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/08/25/fall-2011-classes-you-wont-want-to-sleep-through/

[13] Make a laptop stand: http://lifehacker.com/369689/top-10-diy-laptop-stands

[14] how bad for your posture and wrists: http://www.ehow.com/list_7201885_ill-effects-laptop-overuse.html

[15] leftover cardboard: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Laptop-Stand-from-Cardboard-The-Quick-and/

[16] old binder: http://lifehacker.com/306896/make-your-own-ring-binder-laptop-stand

[17] online resources: http://google.com

[18] this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/noj-johnson/303843758/

[19] your social life: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/10/06/social-media-and-research-catch-up-over-drinks/

[20] Sporcle: http://sporcle.com

[21] Cheeseboard Collective: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/09/14/berkeley-good-for-college-and-food/

[22] make cake in a cup: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Make_Cake_in_a_Mug

[23] Emilie Ogez: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eogez/3768198101/

[24] Get Your Psychic On: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/08/18/how-to-get-your-psychic-on/

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