As I mentioned in my last article:

I've finished Year 12! 13 years of schooling has resulted in a well developed skill I like to call multi-tasking, or what Mum would call 'Procrastination'. Therefore I'm going to share 10 of my favourite ways to waste time when you just can't focus.

  • 1) Read
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Start that book you've always wanted to read, or if you can'[t be bothered focusing on a new book (I G E T that), then pick up that book you have read way too much, it might be a childhood book, or just a really fluffy book. For me it's usually Sophie Kinsella, Nancy Mitford or Enid Blyton. Or, you could get the heaviest book possible (physically or figuratively) like Ayn Rand, George Orwell, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky, and commit to reading it in less than a week, because at least then you can claim to your parents and teachers that you were broadening your reading range and expanding your mind and opinions!

  • 2) Knit
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So I'd been working on a scarf for 4 years now, starting in year 8. Last holidays, instead if preparing for practice exams, I sat down and finished the scarf in 4 days! Of course, it's now sunny so I don't have much of a chance to wear it now, but I still feel good that it's finished, and am going to start a new one, now that I don't have anything else to do but wait for my results to come out, before uni starts.

  • 3) Cook
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Get on and do some baking! Make some bikies or slices, or try and make the most elaborate cake possible!

  • 4) Draw
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Look, I am an atrocious artist. However I got Johanna Basford's Secret Garden colouring in book for Christmas so I just colour-in the pages to chill or whenever I feel • 𝓪𝓻𝓽𝓼𝔂 •. If you don't have a lot of faith in your drawing abilities, definitely buy a colouring in book, especially Johanna's, she's created a series of colouring in books, all in the same style, which are gorgeous.

  • 5) Write in your Diary
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I'm such an irregular diary person, I'll go for weeks with only one entry, a page long, or write 5 pages a day for week, however, whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed or as though something is weighing on me, it helps to write all of my feelings out. Because your diary/journal is private and personal, it doesn't matter what you write, it's for your benefit, so be honest. I've admitted to a lot of things that make me feel bad to think about, but once I was honest with myself about them, I felt so much better.

Also, I hate bullet journals. They look amazing, but I can't figure out how to set them up, so don't feel bad if you're the same (if you can do bullet journalling, GO YOU!) . The thing to remember is you diary is your space. Stick things in, draw in corners, write parts from your favourite poems, make lists, write and write and write! There's a tumblr I 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎, and she has, not only one of the most beautiful blogs/tumblr things ever, she writes these 'aesthetic guides' (?) which I've written into my diary. Here are my favourite:

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  • 6) Head outside
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I'm a bit of a hypocrite saying this, because it's the most beautiful spring day outside, and our new Border Collie puppy is waiting for me outside, yet I'm sitting at the kitchen table writing this. If you'e going insane, trying to focus, or you've been banging away at your homework for hours now and your mind is swimming with dates, numbers, important figures and formulas, then 𝙂𝙊 𝙊𝙐𝙏𝙎𝙄𝘿𝙀! Trust me, even a walk around the paddock or garden will do you good. Whether it's raining, hailing, snowing, shining like there's no tomorrow, just spend at least 5 minutes outside to clear your mind.

If you're really good, you'll combine going outside with idea no. 9 and daydream, create your own fantasy world outside, pretending your somebody else, somewhere else, walking down a red carpet, herding goats in Mongolia, or a James Bond villain/love interest (or both!). You can end up spending ages outside doing everything and nothing, exploring and discovering things you already knew where there but with a new perspective. You can't even get annoyed at spending so much time doing nothing because all that fresh air and creativity is good for you!

  • 7) Watch a movie
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Throw on your favourite movie, some of my choices are:
- A heartbreaking one (An Affair to Remember, WonderWoman, The Intouchables, Tuck Everlasting)
- A comedy
- A mystery/thriller (North By NorthWest, Rear Window, Midnight Lace)
- A feel good film (Ferris Beuller, Back to the Future, Mamma Mia, Bye Bye Birdie)
- A romantic film (16 Candles, Pillow Talk, To All the Boys I Loved Before, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire)
- A Disney film ( Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Robin Hood, The Sword in the Stone)

  • 8) Study random things
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So I did Literature and History: Revolutions as two of my Year 12 subjects, and if I struggled to focus and study, I'd find a really obscure element to what we were learning and try and find everything possible about it. For example: The Russian Revolution : I'd start with the Romanovs, then start learning about the most important rulers (Catherine the Great was my favourite). Then I'd learn all about Catherine's fascination with the Enlightenment Period and how it changed Russia, etc...

For Literature we studied The Leopard by Lampedusa and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. If I couldn't motivate myself to practice writing essays, I'd binge study the context and culture of the book's era, for example, Rococo architecture, politics in 19th century Italy, homophobia in 1950's Antebellum America, and the relationships between African Americans and White Americans on plantations after the abolition of slavery.

Another idea is just to pick up an Encyclopedia, flick to a random page and start learning about whatever random thing you find.

  • 9) Daydream
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I'll leave this one up to you, but just remember it's the most fun when you let your mind run free! You know how insane dreams get, when random things somehow link together, let that happen to your daydreams!

  • 10) Hang out on WeHeartIt !!!
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I always find it really calming just to browse WeHeartIt or Tumblr and finding my favourite images, developing my aesthetic, cultivating my fashion style and then crying because I don't know where to buy the clothes I find! (If you know some great shops similar to or sell cothes like above, message me! Please!)

Happy Procrastinating!!!

C xx

  • Plus a bonus that I just thought of! Jigsaw Puzzles!
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