Introducing the Procrastination Paper: My Monthly Mini Mag
The Procrastination Paper is a monthly mini-mag which encourages you to get off your phone and Waste Some Time Offline.
The idea for the paper struck me when I installed a time-tracking app on my phone and discovered that I was spending about 4 hours looking at my phone (mostly on Instagram) on some days. I’m so guilty of saying “there’s not enough time in the day” for everything I need and want to get done, but clearly if I just cut out some phone time I’d start getting my time back.
The more I spoke to people, the more I realised that it wasn’t just me thinking that the relationship I have with my phone needed to change and the more research I did into the subject, the more fascinated I became. So, I abandoned my initial mag idea and the Procrastination Paper was born.
The idea behind the mag is that it’ll be like a paper alternative to scrolling through your phone, a tangible object that isn’t precious - you can carry it around with you, scribble in it, rip pages out, pass it on to a friend, leave it on the train for the next person...
I’m really good at procrastinating, I always have been, but in recent years my procrastination has become nothing but an Instagram scroll-fest or an Instagram Stories spree and I miss procrastinating in other more creative or perhaps even productive ways. I’ve decided that I will create something by hand as part of the process of working on each issue, so all of my titles, backgrounds and illustrations (at least for the first couple of issues) will be made using paper, that I’ve cut by hand. I spend so much of my time staring at a screen and this is my antidote to that.
There will be some recurring features in each issue, so here’s a preview of what you can expect...
Believe it or not, once upon a time people survived without smartphones. I’m going to ask them to write about what that was like in particular situations. Jennifer from We Are Scamp is talking about free time and ‘getting bored’ in issue one.
A recipe or DIY tutorial by our crew of Procrastinators. In issue one, Jackie of The Whimsical Kitchen is sharing her famous hot choc recipe with us, mmm!
A fun playlist to procrastinate to. Tapedecks are optional. Justine aka @everydaylivingincolour will be sharing her fave tracks in issue one.
A positive news story to make you feel better about the world we live in from an old issue of The Happy Newspaper, which I also edit. Perfect for your commute!
Learn something new through a real life story or experience. For example, in a future issue, illustrator Natalie Byrne will be having a conversation with her Mum about what it was like to live through the Chilean dictatorship.
And that’s just a tiny sample! Issue one’s theme is 'Screen Time’ and will also feature an interview with Sas Petherick on self doubt and procrastination, a fun game from helloDODO, articles and tips on taking time away from social media, book reviews and so much more! I really hope you’ll love it.Subscriptions are open now and the first issue will start dropping on doormats in January!