Procrastination, I’ve often said, is an under-appreciated art form. Sure, anybody can do it. But some are more skilled at it than others. Those of us in creative industries, like advertising? We probably spend more time procrastinating than anybody else on the planet.
So here, for your reading enjoyment, are my top ten ways to procrastinate (which I may or may not be writing while ignoring an imminent deadline):
1. Twitter, twitter, twitter till you can’t tweet no more. Check in with your favorite tweeps. Check out the trending topics. Stalk those who did you wrong—and random folks you’ve never met.
2. Explore alternate career paths. What would it take to become a long-distance trucker? How much do bartenders at Coyote Ugly make? Could you survive on a barrista’s salary? Well, there’s only one way to find out…
3. Facebook stalk…anybody. Old high school buddies, ex-coworkers, the bitchy supermom down the street…hours of entertainment can be had.
4. Do you speak Etsy? You should. There’s a world of handmade goods out there, just waiting to be discovered. Purses, jewelry, clothes, even tutus (yes, tutus).
5. Plan an escape. When dealing with writer’s block, nothing sounds better than abandoning ship and heading for warmer climes. So I plan mythical vacations. Cruises, safaris, glacier treks – no adventure is too far fetched.
6. Explore the wonders of YouTube. What can’t you find on YouTube? Laughing babies, sneezing pandas, stupid human tricks…an entire universe of procrastination goodness lies before you.
7. Find the answers to random trivia. Who played Inigo Montoya? Why do cats have more than one set of eyelids? Is Keith Richards really a vampire? If you search long enough, the Internet will probably supply the answers.
8. Plan elaborate meals I will never actually cook. So what if I can hardly boil water? For all google knows, I could be the next Julia Child. So why shouldn’t I plan a menu including Beef Wellington, goat cheese souffle and molten lava cake? After all, my husband can always make it for me.
9. Games, games and more games. Have you discovered Bejeweled? Or ever participated in a Tetris tournament? If not, then you haven’t really lived (or procrastinated).
10. Read blogs, of course. Right now, my reader says I have 820 entries to catch up on. Yep, that could keep me busy for a while.
But right now, I have an ad to write. And a baby to put to bed. And most importantly, Lost to watch. So why don’t you tell me what your favorite ways to procrastinate are?