Sometimes, when I’m nervous about an impending task (e.g. cleaning the flat/final book edits/difficult university essay) I become worryingly proficient in the art of procrastinating.
I can’t be the only one who has this problem, what with the invention of special software to block sites that draw people away from their focus. There seems to already be a fair demand for this anti-faffing ‘rehab’, so I’m glad I’m not alone.
In addition to this, Facebook seems to have swung from the usual attention-seeking statuses such as “well at least I know who my real friends are now” to timelines plastered with links of cats posing like male models and pigs in teacups. I don’t know whether this is a good thing or not…
Even the wonderful Zadie Smith has been talking about this, and she’s basically a genius. See point 7 in this article.
I know I shouldn’t encourage anyone… but here are some of my favourite sites for moments of procrastination…
A friend introduced me to this site. Please be warned that he also now has to use software that keeps him focused and not looking at cats DJing. I sincerely hope he ‘recovers’ soon.
Do you like cats? (Probably.) Do you like eighties music? (I hope so.)
Well there you have it. Tons of GIFs showing cats doing all sorts of things from giving their humans a high five to cuddling up to a dog – all set to music.
Very odd. I don’t really understand it and probably never truly will. But you have to see it. (Requires flash.)
I’ve written about this site before in more detail. In a nutshell, Allie Brosh creates cartoon-style stories on her blog that are seriously funny.
She has one particular post about depression that I found moving as well. I think anything that enables society to talk about mental health with empathy and positivity is always going to be a good thing. That particular post is one of the best things I’ve seen on the subject recently.
It’s a real skill to mix humour and sadness in the way Allie does so successfully.
3) Cake Wrecks
Cooking/baking is sadly not my forte.
Those who follow me on Twitter will have recently seen a picture I posted of a chicken and leek pie I tried to make recently. It exploded in the oven. The result was bad enough that one of my friends felt moved to post the lyrics to the Ghostbusters theme tune below the picture on Facebook. Enough said.
So, it brings me great pleasure to see that I’m not the only one who is useless at this stuff, and also there is the added pleasure of spotting spelling mistakes immortalised in brightly coloured icing. Doh!
I’m a little bit obsessed with space. I’m not going to lie.
I spend way too much time watching videos about the International Space Station and have seen in-depth pieces on how astronauts wash their hair to how a great burrito is crafted in zero gravity… I’ve probably acquired a large amount of useless information through this given that I’ll never go to space EVER, but it’s so much fun…
This one’s been around for ages.
In fact I think I first discovered this site when I was in sixth form. I remember crying with laughter while playing ‘We Like The Moon’ over and over again with a group of equally hysterical friends (simple things).
That particular video doesn’t have quite the same effect on me now, but I still love it. I’ve not watched many of the videos on this site, so can’t speak for all of them, but some of them are hilarious if you’re in the right mood. (Avoid watching when you are grumpy/cold/hungry/generally angry with the world).
Looking for my Leopard is also very cute. There’s singing chinchillas on pogo sticks… What more could you ask for?
So there we have it. Some of my favourite websites for doing nothing when I should be doing something. What are yours?
Right then… I better get back to work… *ahem*