So what exactly do you do when you procastinate? Just curious?


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7 Responses to “So what exactly do you do when you procastinate? Just curious?”

  1. tom

    I could’ve sworn I made my pencil move by just looking at it. This exercise has wasted a good 15 minutes of my studying time.

  2. Camille

    1. Watch my backlog of TEDTalks. I only have 150 left to watch and I can say I’ve seen them all!
    2. Constantly refresh my twitter page to see if anyone has updated. Do any Terry readers have a twitter?
    3. Constantly refresh my feed reader to see if there are any new posts (which is why I’m here). I do have some anthropology blogs on there though, so it’s not fully useless, or so I like to think.
    4. Browse the UBC course calendar and look at courses I’d like to take. It’s actually possible to spend a remarkable amount of time doing this, trust me. My schedule-making skills have reached near-perfection.
    5. Read interesting books. Next I’m reading The Quark and the Jaguar! If only they assigned this in a class.

    Yeah, I never cease to amaze myself with the amount of things I’d rather do when I’m supposed to be working.

  3. ashamedsortof

    I convinced myself that taking an hour off to watch gossip girls would help my studying. My study buddy, took an hour off to watch the news instead of gossip girls. We are interested to see who would get the better mark, and are trying everything humanly possible to do things exactly the same. We will release the results of this study when we find out our exam mark. We will hold a press conference, if I get the better mark.

  4. ashamedsortof

    In case you didn’t notice, I am procrastinating by leaving poorly written comments.

  5. Gajan

    umm… well the internet has made me much more efficient at wasting time. I’m there’s all those news articles to read plus the holy grail of time wasting, wikipedia (anyone else play 6 degrees of wiki?) I’m also on terry right now when i should be working so…

    oh, i also contract a pretty strong case of OCD and clean any/everything in my room.

  6. Leigh-Anne

    I will go to great lengths to procrastinate. Once I even did my taxes! But usually, if I’m not working on Work That Needs Doing, I’m usually reading about something else I’m interested in (I thought that time I bombed a Physics midterm because I was disgustingly fascinated by sorting algorithms would have taught me a lesson, but it really didn’t). Failing that, I’m making a nice dinner, reading Terry, reorganizing my files or cleaning my room, or writing letters to friends who live far away.

  7. k

    quando non vorrei studiare Italiano o biologia per finals, mi piace leggere i blogs. quando realizzo non ho molte ore prima il esame, devo cercare Web Site per studiare prestamente. mi piace molto lo spiegazione “Replication, a doodle (a la Breakfast of Champions) version of last night?s lecture.”. È molto utile e spiega il concetto chiaramentissimo.

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