The Internet has seemingly brought mindless procrastination to an all-time high,and in the process killed the creativity formerly associated with avoiding work. We’ve gone from a million ways to procrastinate to one. So in honor of finals week, we’ve compiled a list of facebook free “distractions.”
1. Color me happy
Neil McNeil, a junior visual media arts major, said that he turns to old fash
ioned coloring and reading comics.
“It makes me feel like I’m actually reading something; it’s like cheating,” he
2. Wikipedia Roulette
Cecille Avila, a print journalism senior prefers Wikipedia to YouTube or
Facebook. She looks up interesting facts and then clicks through linked
entries while reading along.
“I just did that with peat bogs and ice mummies this week and learned so
much,” Avila said.
4. Pretty in pink
Reenact the sleepover from Grease: give your best galpal a make-over,
break out into song and shimmy down the drainpipe — well maybe not.
But according to Hannah Fleishmann there’s nothing wrong with getting
a little girl bonding going.
“I’ll either give myself a make-over and paint my nails, or play well-thought
out pranks on my roommate,” the sophomore marketing communication
5. Feng Shui
James Harness, a sophomore broadcast journalism major, said that he’ll
usually procrastinate by re-arranging the furniture in his Piano Row dorm.
“I like to play around with the three centimeters of room I have,” he said.
6. Squish the Stress
“I have a squishy foam ball and when I’m procrastinating I end up squish-
ing and playing with that,” said Tamara Kearney, a senior marketing com
If it’s midnight before that huge exam and you find yourself without a
stress ball, fret not. According to Wikipedia, you can make your own by fill
ing a balloon with baking soda. Now here’s a way to procrastinate — see
how long it takes you to get all that powder inside an uninflated balloon.
8. I came to dance, dance, dance, dance.
“Sometimes, when you mentally can’t keep writing a paper you need to
take a 10 to 20 minute break to dance around your room, “ said Lance
Houle, a film production senior. His suitemate, David Levine, a film
production sophomore, agreed. He said that their suite even has a ritual
where anytime someone plays “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beatles, every
one starts dancing. “The second you hear that, you have to stop what
you’re doing and dance,” Levine said.