Productive Ways to Procrastinate

Looks like someone needs a break… again. At least you came here instead of mindlessly clicking through the usual news and social media sites. Try one of the distractions below to take a procrastination break with less guilt.  [Random generator coming soon]

  1. Run an errand (dry cleaning, groceries, etc) and include one small gesture of kindness for someone you encounter – hold the door, let them go before you in line, compliment their hair. [Time: 25 min] [Expose yourself to serendipity]
  2. Text 3 non-Wharton friends you haven’t spoken to in more than a month – and then put the phone away! DON’T get sucked into a conversation. [Time: 5 min] [Network and invest in friends before you need them]
  3. Write an email to someone you haven’t spoken to in more than 6 months, just to say hello. You can either send it, or save it as a draft to revisit when you have more time to add or edit it. [Time: 15 min] [Network and invest in friends before you need them]
  4. Schedule a 30-minute coffee with a classmate that you’ve been meaning to catch up with. [Time: 5 min] [Network and invest in friends before you need them]
  5. Make a list of 3 things that made you feel good, and 3 things that made you feel bad in the past week.  [Time: 10 min] [Pause to reflect]
  6. Reflect on one thing you did last month that you’re proud of. [Time: 5 min] [Pause to reflect]
  7. Read 3 articles on an industry you know less about that is still somewhat adjacent to retail and investing (e.g. fintech, digital advertising, supply chain, public equities). [Time: 20 min] [Try to be a connector, not a redundant tie]
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