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How Other People Procrastinate

Friday Procrastination: How Other People Procrastinate

If you're at work right now and reading this, it's likely that you're engaging in your own variety of procrastination. Which would mean that you and I have something in common because I, too, browse the Sugar Network when I'm feeling burnt out! No finger pointing here, ladies, we're all in the same boat when it comes to clicking on that Internet icon on our desktops. Not everyone is addicted to Sugar like we are and get through their days using various creative methods of procrastination. Slate has been running its special issue on procrastination, and most recently released its collection of quotes from a range of professionals divulging their "procrastination rituals." There are over 40 quotes and I've selected some of the best to indulge your procrastinating little hearts!

  • Celebrity Chef, Dave Lieberman: “I sharpen my knives. It’s fun, mindless and pretty convincingly justifiable. The perfect procrastination tool!”
  • New York Times columnist, Gail Collins: "Right now we’re in this new building, and we have huge, huge, huge glass walls—my office has three walls made of glass. I’m on the 13th floor, and right next door they’re building this office building. There’s this crane that dangles things outside my window, and I sit there imagining scenarios wherein something comes smashing through my window. We talk about it a lot here in the office. It takes up quite a bit of the day, but I don’t know what I’m going to do when the building is finished. Maybe I’ll be able to look into their windows."

See the procrastination rituals of a reality show contestant, an actress, a teacher, a rabbi, and a private investigator when you

  • Reality show contestant, Shira-Lee Shalit: “They took away Internet access and cell phones ... so we couldn’t procrastinate in the usual ways. We watched a ton of movies, and went to the gym. … When they wouldn’t let us off the lot to go the gym, I’d literally run up and down stairs, or run around in circles, to blow off steam and try to come up with ideas.”
  • Actress, Zoe Kazan: “There are things I do to avoid getting down to brass tacks and really working on a role. Like, instead of reading over my script and doing all the hard analysis, I’ll go, ‘I should put together a playlist for this character!’ But later, when I’m backstage during the run, I might listen to that playlist on my iPod, so it does end up being useful.”
  • Teacher (third grade), Micaela Blei: "I laminate things that don't really need to be laminated."
  • Rabbi, Daniel Pressman: "People always e-mail me stuff like, 'Oh, Rabbi, you should see this article,' or, 'Click on this YouTube link, there’s a funny Passover video.' The job itself provides opportunities for wasting time. Personally, for me, YouTube is one of the most treacherous locations on the Web … You can get in there and not be seen for a week."
  • Private investigator, Anonymous: “The biggest [way P.I.’s procrastinate] would be creative uses of Nexis. I routinely Nexis myself and people I know using the person locator, which you're really not supposed to do, and just see how much info on you or your friends comes up. … Another specifically P.I.-related procrastinatory activity is going back through the divorce and domestic dispute court cases we sometimes pull for these fund managers and reading through all the salacious details that are usually outside the purview of our investigations, at least in name.”


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PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Actually, this reminds me that I need to finish my "Procrastination for Dummies" book, that I bought at least 3 years ago. I haven't even made it through the 2nd chapter! Yep, procrastination is a vicious cycle! I do have a problem with it. It has never been an issue in my work life, but at home it is one of my character flaws.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Hmmm, I'm procrastinating right now!
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
I go on Sugar, and "window" shop online, But if I have energy AND am trying to procrastinate, then I clean.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
yikes, being on reality TV sounds like prison! it's the blogs that get me. i read savvy, bella, fab, fit, and a bunch of others.
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 9 years
I'm pretty much reading Web sites..CNN, MSNBC, PopSugar...
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
I'm a big TV watcher, and believe it or not I'll clean the house before doing any work.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Haha, I love that the teacher laminates excessively. I will do things like call up a friend, get out of the office for a little bit, or read the news.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
the news!, nytimes, I always get sucked in
skigurl skigurl 9 years
when i'm at work, i go on sugar or analyze my online banking for hours at a time when i was in school, i would facebook or clean at home, i watch tv!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I organize my desk, or read books and stuff. Or go on Sugar!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's so hard sometimes to stay in the work mode when you just want it to be the weekend. the worst is that it's rainy here today so it's one fo those stay in bed type things....
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I never been on YouTube (don't shoot). I loved: "I laminate things that don't really need to be laminated." LOL I am usually on Citzen and Savvy, bad bad bad.
Nickey Nickey 9 years
These were funny especially with the Rabbi talking about getting lost on YouTube. lol Hilarious!!! :D I usually read the news, check my email, or create sugar lists and bookmarks. I also play games on Facebook.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Yeah I'm pretty much addicted to Pop,Savvy, Citizen and FabSugar. I also text alot during the day to my friends and boyfriend while I'm here at work. :P
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I clean. I have started to seperate my recyclables and make bins for them. I will also weed out my pens that I don't use. I will also sit in our furniture library and re-alphabetize the binders.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I go on PopSugar hahahaha. BAD habit!
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