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The Best Productive Procrastination Tips for Procrastinators

Updated on November 10, 2018
Productive procrastination tips can give you time to do house chores and hobbies.
Productive procrastination tips can give you time to do house chores and hobbies. | Source

Tips for Procrastinators and Unproductivity

Are you the kind of person who likes to put off important tasks?

Do you always delay that dreaded assignment or job duty until the very last moment?

If you answered yes to both questions then you are not alone. Many of us are in the same boat and there is a quick solution to the problem. What is the best way to combat procrastination?

It’s called productive procrastination.

Instead of actually doing what you have to do, there are several useful things you can do to “productively” put off the task that you’re delaying.

This article will outline several productive procrastination tips that you can use continuously throughout your day. These tips for procrastinators are grouped into two main categories, including productive household chores and creative hobbies.

Procrastination Tips for Household Chores

Watching the paint dry is what we would call “unproductive” procrastination – unless you are thinking of an action plan for how to save humanity while you watch. But that is probably unlikely.

First, what you can certainly do to be more productive is work around the house.

Household chores are a very efficient method of productive procrastination. If you have a big assignment to do, but can't tackle it right away, why not wash the dishes or do the laundry in the meantime?

The sky is the limit when it comes to cleaning up things around the house. You could make your bed, clean up the grim in the bathroom, fill up the dog bowl with food, wash the windows or even replace a few light bulbs.

Furthermore, think of the utilities and appliances around each room of your house that could be repaired. Fixing a leaky faucet or dripping toilet is a great way to kill time efficiently as you delay the other important things in your life.

Surely, there is something you can do around the house that will be more productive than staring at the ceiling and thinking of what you really should be doing.

If you’re going to procrastinate, why not do it constructively?

This is the essence of what we call productive procrastination.

Housecleaning is an effective procrastination tip for unproductive procrastinators.
Housecleaning is an effective procrastination tip for unproductive procrastinators. | Source

Procrastination Tips for Hobbyists

Another one of the most helpful tips for procrastinators is to get involved in a creative hobby. Focusing on your favorite hobby is another excellent form of productive procrastination.

Can you think of what you enjoy doing in your free time that is artistic and constructive?

There are so many activities to consider, but music is one of the best creative outlets.

Dust off the old guitar and strum away. Plug in the electric, turn the amp on high and wake up all the neighbors. They may hate you for it, but it will be cathartic. If you can't play guitar, consider buying a cheap acoustic and take some lessons online.

However, if guitar really isn't your cup of tea, take this free time to learn another instrument that you have always wanted to try.

For all the writers out there, this is a great way to kill time productively. Open up your writing software and develop a new story, create a blog or write a unique article about a topic that you are passionate about to inspire other readers.

If you are working on a novel or some other masterpiece, then convert this “dead time” to your own benefit. One day you may even get it published, make a million and retire somewhere in New Hampshire with your dog.

For visual artists, the possibilities are endless. You could create graphic designs with your tablet or computer. If you are a photographer, get out the camera and take some photos of the garden. You could always use your smartphone's camera if you don't have a professional DSLR.

For house chefs, you could try cooking up that new recipe you’ve been dying to try. Check out cooking apps like Yummly to see what dishes you can find for any type of cuisine. Then, throw a dinner party with your friends and you can all productively procrastinate together in unison.

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to hobbies. Think back to when you were a kid and remember what you liked doing most. This is the time to rekindle that abandoned spirit that’s been lying dormant in your head for decades.

Get creative with a new hobby even if you aren't that good at it.
Get creative with a new hobby even if you aren't that good at it. | Source

Final thoughts about productive procrastination

Productive procrastination is a fantastic revolutionary technique for doing useful things as you delay your priorities in life.

So don’t just sit there and think about what you have to do. Get off the sofa, follow a few of these simple procrastination tips and procrastinate productively. Doing so will make your life much more satisfying knowing that you accomplished something throughout the day.

Other ideas for how to stop procrastinating unproductively

Can you think of any other tips for procrastinators?

Add your ideas to the comments section below and get in on the discussion.

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    • wiserworld profile imageAUTHOR

      wiserworld 

      5 years ago

      Sure! As long as you're learning something new then it's productive and worthwhile procrastination.

    • christryon profile image

      christryon 

      5 years ago

      I spend too much time on social media when I want to procrastinate. Most of the time I learn something new. Would you consider that being productive?

    • wiserworld profile imageAUTHOR

      wiserworld 

      6 years ago

      Yes, but I think it was somewhat productive.

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      rere27 

      6 years ago

      Question. Were you procrastinating writing this hub?

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