I am the most productive procrastinator. People have always said to me, “You must be so busy.” No matter the stage of my professional/personal life, or since I dramatically added two more babies to the mix in 2011, I get this comment all the time.

However, I HATE the word busy. I think it is the worst way to describe a life. When I hear the word busy, I really hear: unavailable, buried, swamped, hectic, or restless. I don’t want to be any of those things.

Obviously, we ALL have 168 hours in a week. That is a lot of time. I fill a lot of those hours with productive procrastination.

What is productive procrastination?

In this case, I describe productive procrastination as being distracted by other things that aren’t on my to-do-list, but give me a feeling of accomplishment. Also, productive procrastination means I always get the job done, I never miss a deadline, and I do take my homeschooling responsibility very seriously.

Simply put, I have to suffer the consequences of putting the most important tasks on my to- do list aside for other things. Consequently, this quirk of mine results in some really late nights and super early mornings.

To illustrate, let me play out the following scenario that took place in mid December.

Dave: (while driving my minivan) Your car is now 1000 miles over on an oil change.

Kristi: I have other things to do.

Dave: The lights are flashing on the dashboard. I thought you were doing it today.

Me: I made up a rap song about Ben Franklin for the kids and it took me much longer than I thought it would. It was to the tune of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. Do you want to hear it? “In the city of Boston I was born in raised, in my brother’s print shop I spent most of my days…


Therefore, in this blog on Productive Procrastination, I am going to tell you a distraction that may benefit you: PODCASTS. I am always listening to a podcast when I am getting ready, cleaning, cooking, or if I happen to find myself alone. This listening does cause me to take much longer to get ready, clean, and cook, but I find podcasts very therapeutic.

Below are the podcasts I have in my library right now if you are looking for something new to listen to. If you aren’t a podcast listener, I suggest you try. They are life changing.

In no specific order:

WHOA That’s Good

The Happy Hour with Jamie


Nobody Told Me

The Happiness Lab

Stuff You Should Know

The Good Life with Stevie and Sazan

Before Breakfast You Can Heal Your Life

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

JRNY Church

Life Church with Craig Groeschel

Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope

Saddleback Church

Elevation Church

The Bible Project

The Bible Recap

Victory Church Pastor Curt Seaburg

Parenting on Purpose

Focus on the Family Parenting

The Busy Mom

Raising Arrows

Homeschool Unrefined

Homeschool IRL

The Homeschool Sisters

The Homeschool Solutions Show

Wild & Free

Best of all, this habit of mine has my kids addicted to podcasts too. We are always listening to something in the car. This definitely counts as learning. I will share some of their favorites next time.

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your must listen to podcasts? I would love to hear some of your favorites too. It will help me put something else off…

Be sure to comment your favorite shows below!


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