I have many dreams. I want to own a vegan restaurant (“vegan” means no animal product). I also want to write a story about a teenage wizard (I had that idea before J.K. Rowling did). I also want to solve world hunger and stop all wars.
Every night after work, I sit down in front of my computer. I open the Microsoft Word program, and I start writing a story about the teenage wizard.
After 3 minutes, I lose concentration. I go to Youtube to take a short “break.”
Then, I start watching a Japanese animé on Youtube. Meanwhile, I eat 4 bags of potato chips and drink 2 cans of coke. I look at the clock and I realize that 4 hours have passed.
I'm such a lazy bastard.
Today, I'll teach you other ways to describe someone who is “lazy.”
~ Today's phrase – to procrastinate ~
I'm such a procrastinator. I've been procrastinating on writing my wizard story.
When you procrastinate, you delay or postpone action. Instead of saying “to delay,” you could also say, “to put off.”
I put off writing my wizard story, and I wasted time watching Youtube videos.
For example, homework is due Monday. It's Sunday evening, and you haven't started the homework. You've been procrastinating. You're such a procrastinator. Now you have to suffer the consequences of pulling an all-nighter.
When you pull an all-nighter, you are doing homework throughout the night. It's also called burning the midnight oil.
Pulling an all-nighter is not good for your health. Don't do it too often!
Here are phrases you can start using today.
- “You shouldn't put off doing your homework. You'll regret later!”
- “When are you actually going to start hitting the gym? You've been procrastinating on your diet!”
- “I'm so tired today, because I had to pull an all-nighter yesterday.”
- “I hate how my boyfriend plays videogames all day. It's such a waste of time.”
I mentioned “lazy bastard” in the beginning, but it's actually slang. Only use that word with your close friends!
And now, I'm going to get back to writing my wizard story. I'll try not to get distracted by Youtube videos…
I have two quick questions for you.
1) What do you often procrastinate on?
2) What are you easily distracted by?
I procrastinate on writing my wizard story. And I get easily distracted by text messages and cute cat videos on Youtube.
What about you?