Top Ten Tuesday: ways to procrastinate doing homework


Ariel Oh

A prime example of procrastination is sitting on your phone instead of doing homework.

As winter approaches, the homework load increases as teachers prepare students for finals. However, your tiredness is also increasing. Here are ten of the most effective ways to procrastinate doing your homework:

  1. Watch Netflix

You know the basics. You know you really just want to watch the next episode of your favorite TV series. Instead of using your Chromebook to do actual work, click on the Netflix icon, sit on your couch and get to it.

  1. Check your phone

When you’re staring at your math homework and haven’t written a single equation, you will probably want to check your phone. But, we all know checking your phone for a couple minutes really means checking your phone for a couple of hours. You might as well accept the fact you won’t get anything done and check your Instagram feed right away.

  1. Take a nap

This is the moment when you are too tired to finish your homework, so you decide to take a break and rest for a couple of minutes. The next thing you know, you wake up, look at your alarm clock hazily to see that it’s 3:00 a.m. and your papers are lying all around your bed.

  1. Go to Starbucks

While a lot of people usually go to Starbucks to get work done, you can just go to grab a coffee and a snack. As you sit down on one of the comfy couches and lay back in the chill environment, you forget homework even exists in the first place.

  1. Get help from your friends

Facetime or go on Google Hangouts with a couple of friends to help you out with your homework. More importantly, they can help you with the task of NOT doing your homework and instead making plans with you for the weekend.

  1. Eat a full-course meal

Go downstairs and open your pantry for a large number of snacks and beverages. The more you find to eat, the more time you can spend doing something other than your homework. You can feast on your favorite foods and relax as your worries of doing work fade away… at least for a little while.

  1. Clean your room

Take time out of your day to go through things in your closet that you haven’t seen in a couple of years by cleaning your room. This makes you productive while avoiding being productive.

  1. Play with your dog

If you don’t have a dog, play with your cat. If you don’t have any pets at all, drive to Petland so you can waste more time doing everything but your work.

  1. Look at your grades

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I check my grades multiple times a day when I happen to have a lot of things to do. I think it’s because I reflect on how my grades will drop as a result of the homework I decided not to do; therefore, I try to look at them while they last.

  1. Stay awake until the sun rises

Just stare at all of your work until you realize it’s the crack of dawn and you look to see that none of it is done. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this method as sleep is very important.