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Click Here To Procrastinate

Click Here To Procrastinate

Picture this: it’s 11:45 p.m. and you have a paper due at midnight. Luckily, you’re almost done except for some last minute edits and one final proofread. That’s when you get a Facebook notification from a friend who just tagged you in a post. Even though you’re dead set on submitting the paper and your mind tells you no, your finger hits the notification and you enter a world of procrastination filled with memes, videos, and literally any other distraction known to man.

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I’ve been there. You’ve probably been there. The fact of the matter is that procrastination is an epidemic. Unfortunately, an increase in Facebook groups like “Dank Memes Gang” as well as the birth of the YouTube autoplay setting doesn’t make our procrastination problem any easier to combat. Also, sort of like how people have certain foods they like more than others, each individual has his or her preferred procrastination medium. While most agree that theirs is Facebook, others might primarily procrastinate by playing video games, or going on Reddit, or Snapchat, or Instagram, or … you get the point.

My medium of choice is YouTube.

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It’s strange because no matter how much work I have to get done and no matter the obscene hour of night I am awake at, I always find an excuse to land on www.youtube.com as well as a justification for it. Sometimes it starts out as simply as looking up a song to listen to while I do my work. From there I see a related video and no matter how random or irrelevant it may be, I’m drawn to it – especially if it is listed as “recommended”. It might as well say “click here to procrastinate” because an hour later I find myself watching some video that while really random is actually very interesting, but completely irrelevant to the work I need to get done.

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Me when I see a “recommended” YouTube video

You’re probably thinking that the rest of this blog is going to dedicated to tips that will help you fight the urge to procrastinate. If this is what you are looking for, you’re on the wrong blog my friend. As the title of this post may have suggested, I will be doing quite the opposite. So without further adieu, I present to you a countdown of the Top 10 YouTube Channels I find myself on when I realize that I have been procrastinating. I’ve included the channel name, my favorite video posted by it, as well as a brief description of the channel. I apologize in advance if any of these channels becomes a new time suck in your life. Consider yourself forewarned.

10) Unbox Therapy

Un-boxings and reviews of some of the newest products and innovations that exist in the world

9) Vsauce

Answers to the most interesting questions one may have about science or life in general

8) LifeAccordingToJimmy

Funny skits that all college students can relate to (viewer discretion is advised)

7) TED

A series of talks by some of the most creative and influential thinkers in the world

6) DevinSuperTramp

Short videos that highlight unique talents and fun adventures

5) AsapSCIENCE

The myth-busters of the internet

4) Wong Fu Productions

Shorts that portray situations we know too well featuring predominantly Asian American leads

3) Nigahiga

Entertaining videos for people of all ages produced by one of the original creators on YouTube

2) Philip DeFranco

A daily news show that discusses current events and pop culture

1) CaseyNeistat

A daily documentation of the very interesting and entertaining life of filmmaker Casey Neistat

While writing this blog I procrastinated 4 times. Hours lost: 2

Musical Motivation

Musical Motivation

The fall semester is finally in full swing! Unfortunately, this means that with each passing day, the number of homework assignments, papers, and midterms continues to grow and grow. Most days, I’m able to plan out a schedule for myself, so I can get a decent amount of sleep. However, on rare occasions, even with a schedule, the amount of work I have to do keeps me up to obscenely late hours in the night. It’s during times like these that there is only one thing that I find solace in: music.

I believe that music is a universal language. Even though everyone doesn’t like the same songs or even the same genre of music, we can agree that we all have our favorite songs that make us

“feel some type of way”
– Rich Homie Quan

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Regrettably, I’ve noticed that a lot of times when people listen to songs, they gloss over the lyrics. This is unfortunate because lyrics are what really makes up and conveys the message of the song. 

Below I’ve included SOME of the songs I listen to when I find myself working in the library, a couple hours from sunrise, with no one to keep me company. Before each song, I’ve included a choice lyric – one that I feel resonates with me the most during my late nights in the library. Clicking play on the videos will take you to precisely those lyrics. The songs below are by no means my favorite songs (I’m saving those for another blog post); they simply help me focus and re-motivate myself.

So without further adieu here are 15 SONGS YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO if you’re stressing over the work you have to get done.

1. We Are The Champions – Queen

We are the champions, my friends,
And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.

2. Superheroes – The Script

When you’ve been fighting for it all your life
You’ve been struggling to make things right
That’s how a superhero learns to fly
(Every day, every hour, turn that pain into power)

3. Lose Yourself – Eminem

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

4. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

5. Warriors – Imagine Dragons

Here we are, don’t turn away now,
We are the warriors that built this town.

6. The Climb – Miley Cyrus

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb

7. I Lived – One Republic

I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

8. The Motto – Drake

Now she want a photo
You already know though
You only live once ‒ that’s the motto, YOLO

9. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

10. Chandelier – Sia

I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry

11. Not Afraid – Eminem

And I just can’t keep living this way
So starting today, I’m breaking out of this cage
I’m standing up, I’ma face my demons
I’m manning up, I’ma hold my ground
I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now!

12. Let It Go – Idina Menezel (Frozen)

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
I’m free!

13. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’

14. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

15. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Phew! You made it! Hopefully some of these lyrics helped you regain your motivation.