30 Productive Ways To Procrastinate

30 Ways To Procrastinate That Don't Involve Watching Netflix All Day

You can be productive while you procrastinate.


Procrastination is the devil on every college student's shoulder whispering "the paper's not due until the end of the semester, you have plenty of time to do it", and though we know we shouldn't listen, most of us do.

Procrastination disguises itself as the well-deserved relaxation we could really use, but in actuality, procrastinating adds so much unnecessary stress to our lives.

Avoid procrastinating whenever you can, but when you do find yourself putting your school work off, do something productive in its place. This way, when you finally buckle down and get to work you won't be stressed about the small stuff that quickly adds up to a mountain on your to-do list.

So instead of watching Netflix all day, here are 30 productive ways to procrastinate.

1. Make a list of all the things you need to do

Even if you don't do them, at least you'll know what you have to do.

2. Clean your room

This will definitely make you feel better about avoiding that midterm paper!

3. Clean your apartment 

A clean home is a happy home.

4. Do laundry 

How can you be a productive college student if you don't have clean clothes to wear?

5. Go to the gym

Endorphins make people happy and will distract you from the impending stress that's building deep down.

6. Take a shower

Especially if you've just worked out, this is a must.

7. Blow dry your hair

Always a time consuming activity.

8. Go to the grocery store

Because you're not you when you're hungry, and if you go to Target you're guaranteed to be in there for a while.

9. Lay out by the pool

This may only work depending on the season or where you live, but working on your tan is always justified.

10. Delete emails

I have about 6,000 unread emails, and deleting them is something I've been putting off for years.

11. Clear random photos off your camera roll

13. Update your profile pictures and cover photos on social media

14. Re-vamp your resume 

Because you care about your future, even if you don't care about your sociology assignment.

15. Rearrange the furniture in your room 

Work on that feug shui.

16. Iron your clothes

This is a last resort kind of procrastination, but very satisfying.

17. Rearrange where your apps are on your phone

Phone shui?

18. Call your parents 

They miss you!

19. Call your Grandparents 

They miss you too!

20. Make a Spotify playlist 

Study jams anyone?

21. Text your friend something nice 

Remind them how great they are!

22. Add important dates to your calendar

Because you don't want to forget when the assignments you're purposefully putting off are due.

23. Make plans for the upcoming week

24. Pick out what you're going to wear to class tomorrow 

25. Make a new Pinterest board

It's never too soon to plan your wedding.

26. Post on LinkedIn

Show those employers all the great things you're doing!

27. Meal prep

It will save you time during the week!

28. Online shop

Not good for your wallet, but good for your soul.

29. Volunteer

You definitely won't feel bad about putting your assignment off if you spend your day giving back!

30. Write an Odyssey article or read an Odyssey article 

Highly recommend this one!

Even though you didn't do any of the assignments you were supposed to do, you can sleep soundly knowing that at least you did all of these other things!

Really though, you'll save yourself a world of stress if you stop procrastinating.

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.


I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.


I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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