Productive Procrastination

by Morgan Siem on January 18, 2010

in Just Sayin',Uncategorized

There are a variety of activities that I categorize as “my job.” They range from absolutely-must-do tasks to do-if-you-have-time tasks. Some have hard deadlines and others are just for the sake of learning. Some are for clients (those are the must-do ones) and others are for Media Two. But most importantly, some I LOVE doing, and you couldn’t stop me from doing them if you tried, while I may procrastinate a bit on others.

These are my favorite ways to procrastinate by doing my job:

  • Blog
  • Check Google Analytics
  • Check clicks to bit.ly links
  • Check Twitter
  • Read posts by other bloggers in my Google Reader, comment, retweet
  • Education & research -  learn a new tool
  • Make a fruitless attempt at cleaning out my inbox

What are your favorite work-related tasks?

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Joshua S. Sweeney January 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I consider at least 50% of my job to be productive procrastination. As long as whatever it is I’m doing is building online relationships, and I’m actively participating in it, I think my bosses agree that it’s helping to grow the brand.

For much of the day, I get to read and comment on wine blogs and news, tweet with wine & spirits and marketing people, and comparison shop with competitors and new product/suppliers. I enjoy it, and it’s beneficial to the company.

Actually, that just reminded me, I’ve got a blog update to write!

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Morgan Siem January 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Joshua – thanks for the comment! It made me smile reading that someone else enjoys his job as much as I enjoy mine. It’s a great feeling being able to spend so much time doing things that I WANT to be doing and to be able to add value to the company at the same time :)

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David Dekker dave dekker January 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

I like your post and do enjoy my job as well. Even the times I get cranky over cross browser issues that arise during web development projects. I don’t really have much of a procrastination list, but I did give your unordered list more of a left margin to move it away from the left column content of the blog ;) So, right now I suppose my list consists of tweaking HTML and pixel pushing in general to make things look good.

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Dan London January 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

I’m not sure I’d list Google Analytics as procrastination. It (or any analytics package) is the key tool to understanding any web business. I open up analytics before any other application when I get into the office each AM and take a look at the day before (or at least the data that came in after I last took a look in the night before).

I’m weird though, I find it fun to look at my analytics for all my personal sites too.

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Morgan Siem January 19, 2010 at 9:23 am

Dave – Thank you! Great improvement!

Dan – I completely agree about the importance of analytics. I, too, find it fun to look at the accounts, hence using it to procrastinate :) It made the list because I’m a bit addicted to analytics, and I will check it no matter what other pressing tasks are at hand :)

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