Tuesday, 17 April 2012

About the art of procrastinating

If you, like me, currently have a lot of work and/or studying to do, you may appreciate these tips regarding procrastinating. The art of procrastinating is far more advanced than you might think; it is certainly not as easy as cleaning your room when you have an essay deadline rapidly approaching. Procrastination is more sophisticated, it is the essence of finding actually important and oh-I-meant-to-do-this-last-month activities. I give you my top three procrastination tips:

One -     Get that wall of photos that you've been planning for years organised. This is not a quick and fun activity, this takes time and needs to be broken into sub-steps. The first sub-step is to spend hours on Facebook, copying and saving photos to your harddrive that you like. Once this is done, you need to spend the second sub-step editing the choice of these photos. Sure, you might like the photo of your two friends lying in a vodka-stinking pile at the end of your stairs but would you be comfortable with your boyfriend's parents seeing these? And have you really represented everyone in your life equally? This part is always troublesome, you cannot have two photos of your university classmate, but only one blurry one of your childhood friends. Sub-step three is to print the photos out and tape them to the wall, usually followed by sub-step four; fighting with whomever you live with for the next few years when he realises that he is not in any of the photos.

Two -     Arrange your entire iTunes library so that everything is in the right order. Once doing this you will sooner or later realise that you are, in fact, just messing everything up more. That is OK. Some might even say it's a vital step in re-organising your iTunes library. When you think that you're done, think again. Have you even played around with the idea of rating every single song that you have? No? You should. This means that you have to re-listen to all your songs before you can rate them. Boom. If you don't eat or sleep you should be done in 8 days and 14 hours (unless you have more music than me. Add three minutes per song you own).*

Three -     Get a blog and write posts like the one you're currently reading.

Consider yourself procrastinated.

*When I say rate, I certainly don't mean you make a hasty decision of whether you like the song or not. Absolutely not, I am actually disgusted by the thought. Rating songs involves rules.
One star is rewarded songs that are utterly horrific. The kind that you really have to fight yourself to not skip.
Two stars are rewarded songs that are mediocre at best. They are not particularly awful but they mean nothing to you. The equivalent of your friends'/colleagues'/boyfriend's cousins in the music world.
Three stars are rewarded to songs that are good. They are not your favourite songs but they are perfect for keeping on in the background and to hum along. And some three-star-songs turn into...
... Four stars are rewarded to GREAT songs. These are songs that you have to fight yourself to not listen to over and over again. (For some people, repeating songs is the essence of their music listening. My mom is one of these people. I try my hardest not to be, I like the idea of listening through an entire album and only once in a while be rewarded with one of these GREAT songs.)
Five stars are rewarded to legends in your iTunes library. These are the songs that stay with you through years, that you find yourself going back to. Rewarding five stars to a song is not a task to be taken light-hearted, and if in doubt, the song is not worthy of five stars. Remember that.

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