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n. Doing stuff to keep busy while avoiding what really needs doing. When all is said and done, your room is clean, your laundry is folded -- but you haven't started your English paper.
I should really do my program. But instead, I think it's time for some productive procrastination... Where's the mop??
by The Grammar Nazi June 18, 2002
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Whenever making a congratulatory remark, this is what you say. Made popular by Kamala Harris when she and Joe Biden won the presidency.
Sam: Wow, I can’t believe we just won that relay race!
Cat: we did it Joe 😭😭
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Productive procrastination is efficiently accomplishing everything except for the thing that you most need to do.
I need to write this term paper but before I get started on that I should work out, go grocery shopping, do the laundry, do my readings for the week, and check Facebook... Productive procrastination.
by Valiant Chinchilla January 22, 2014
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putting off doing something which really needs to be done by doing something else instead which needs to be done.
she was an expert in the art of productive procrastination always putting off doing things but getting so much else done instead being such a contrarian.
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Putting off school work by doing tasks that you would otherwise put off such as the laundry, washing your car, the dishes, Organizing files on the computer, preparing next semester's schedule, cleaning the bathroom, washing the neighbors dog, cooking, cooking for your neighbor, pairing all of your socks together, looking up driving directions for races 5 months away, and other such tasks.

Benfits: Shit gets done that you ultimately wouldn't have done for days...Side Effects: Straight Up Procrastination (SUP) because you have run out of things to do and have reduced your efficiency by broadcasting your actions which may lead to messing things up just to fix them and being uncharacteristically kind to strangers and people you despise for the sake of staying productive.
Casey: Yo did Justin send you his part of the project so we could review it today?

Max: Nah, man he's Productively Procrastinating again. Alex told me he's been volunteering at the homeless shelter for the last 12 hours.

Casey: Haha, that's just like him. Remember last time he crashed his car just so he could repair it. Ahh well, every now and then Productive Procrastination gets to us all.
by Charleston Spider March 16, 2010
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A form of procrastination in which you refrain from doing other work by productively wasting time on only a part of the work you are already doing.

In other words, you are procrastinating by doing work while doing virtually no work.
Boy: What are you doing?
Girl: I have just spent the last hour making my math homework look pretty and neat instead of doing my English homework.
Boy: Wow, at least you're working on something.
Girl: That's productive procrastination for ya.
by AmyRamen September 08, 2009
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Rationalizing your procrastination by doing something else productive.
Wil: "Have you finished that drawing for class yet?"
Amy: "No, I'm too busy doing the dishes."
Wil: "That's such productive procrastination and you know it."
by AKM178 February 03, 2011
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