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Productive Procrastination

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the happiest season of all. It’s 21 days (and counting) until Christmas, and you would have to be impressively oblivious  not to notice the sudden abundance of lights and bells and glitter and chocolate and reindeer and snow and ribbons and bows and exams. and..Wait. What?! Exams?

Yup. Exams. The Holiday Season is coming soon, but I would bet that your exams are coming sooner. However, that does not mean that the last few weeks before Winter Break need be all doom and gloom as you agonize over grades and GPA. “Why not?” you ask. Because, drum roll please…

I give you “Produtive Procrastination!

Productive Procrastination– n. Doing stuff to keep busy while avoiding what really needs doing. When all is said and done, your room is clean, your laundry is folded — but you haven’t started your English paper.

– Urban Dictionary

In the larger context of student life, productive procrastination does not have to be house work (although I did just go grocery shopping, make chocolate covered pretzels, wash my clothes and sheets, and clean my desk).  It can also be intellectually stimulating and ultimately make you a better person.

Example 1: This morning, I spent a good half hour reading through the CLP Teensburg blog. In that time, I (1) made a startling discovery: Fire* by Kristen Cashore is OUT! How did I not know this? (2) did some mental holiday shopping: Thank you Karen for that wonderful list of books! and (3) realized yet again how awesome the Library really is: I really don’t think that I need to explain this one.

*In case you wanted to know more about my morning, I proceeded to spend the next hour or so reading Fire. It is really really really really good, and now I can’t think about anything else, especially not models of organizational decision making or short-term fluctuations in GDP. So let this be a warning: Productive procrastination can lead to chronic inner turmoil (Read. Study. Read. Study. Read… Ahhhh!!!). Please use responsibly.

Example 2: My roommate, who I admire immensely, reads the news as a form of procrastination.

Here is an article to get you started:

Vast Fields of Ordinary The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

The Last Olympian– While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

Marcelo in the Real World Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Happy Holidays!

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