29 Ways to Procrastinate - A Geek's Guide

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Procrastination is counterproductive most of the time. But there are definitely some times when it, umm, saves the day - or at least lets you avoid something you really don't want to do. When that time comes, use any of these helpful tips to put off the unwelcome chore.

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You did it. Maybe you got carried away at a family gathering. Or perhaps it was that extra glass of Zinfandel. Whatever it was, you vowed to your spouse that you'd clean up your office, paint the spare room, or apologize to your mother-in-law for giving her that jar of wrinkle cream as a present. But now, well, you just don't want to do it. How can you get out of it? How can you put that nasty chore off a little longer without looking like you're trying to go back on your promise?

The answer is as close as your computer. Here are 28 sure-fire ways to use your computer to procrastinate your way out of almost any undesirable chore. 

1. Clean your hard drive to make more space. 

2. Clean out the Internet history and cookies folders in the Windows directory. Do it one file at a time with an Internet connection open so you can see where each goes and make sure you don't delete any shortcuts you might want to use again.

3. Go through all the text messages and emails on your phone and computer to find that a photo you remember seeing. When you can't find it in those places, look back at all the posts on all your social media accounts.

4. Install a printer and try to get it to print envelopes and labels correctly. Then try to get it to print photos from your smart phone.

5. Network all of your computers.

6. Help your best friend fix her word processing program so it will print envelopes and labels correctly.



7. Call customer support (any big company) for help on any matter. 

8. Try to untangle the cords for your computer, telephone and  printer and then make all the devices work again.

9. Clean out your filing cabinets in preparation for cleaning off your desk. 

10. Clean off your desk so you can find the thumb drive you got at the last conference you went to.

11. Go through the collection of business cards sitting in your drawer and add them to your database (or run them through Cardscan).

12. Look for the manual that came with your digital camera. 

13. Call customer support to find out IF a manual came with your camera.

14. Get and read your email.  

15. Look at your Google Analytics reports and try to isolate the reason you had 3.4% more visitors on Tuesday, and 4.79% less on Wednesday. 

16. Check your favorite social media channels. Try to find and read a post that just got bumped down the page somewhere by newer incoming posts. 

17. Redesign your home page.

18. Change the headline and copy on your About Us page. 

19. Call your grandfather and to explain what a home page is. Get in the car and run over to his house to get help after he tells you about his new business venture: designing SEO-friendly web sites for business.

20. Search the web for anything that comes to mind. Pick a page and then click on a link on a few links to see where you end up.

21. Shop online for the lowest airfare to Hawaii - just in case you decide to go there on vacation.

22. Compare the features of the new tablet device you bought two weeks ago to the new, improved model touted on TV last night.

23. Try to find a single file on your computer backup drive.

24. Completely back up your Terabyte hard drive - onto DVDs.

25. Clean out the gook that's accumulated between the keys on the keyboard.

26. Start working on the novel you always wanted to write.

27. Go online and research how to make your first novel a bestseller.

28. Set up a new accounting program and manually add a year's worth of accounting data.

29. Read your email again. There's likely to be more mail. 

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About the author:
Janet Attard is the founder of the award-winning  Business Know-How small business web site and information resource. Janet is also the author of The Home Office And Small Business Answer Book and of Business Know-How: An Operational Guide For Home-Based and Micro-Sized Businesses with Limited Budgets.  Follow Janet on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/JanetAttard.

 
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