Is it Good or Bad for you?
It’s 4 p.m., with an hour until the end of your office shift. You suddenly realize that you still have a lot of tasks in your hands that need to be completed today only. You look at your computer screen with horror. But all your mind can think about now is doing it, not worrying about the consequences that will occur tomorrow because you haven’t completed all of your tasks. Your brain is thinking of all the positive and mostly negative possibilities that might occur and how you are going to get out of them.
And now it’s past 6:30, and all you did was think about everything and work on nothing. You are on your way home with all the tension in your mind.
This, my friends, is what we call procrastination.
Procrastination has gotten the best of you. Or has it?
Procrastination has been stigmatized for many years. People say it makes you lazy and prevents you from being productive.
What do you think—is it right?
Frankly speaking, I don’t believe it.
I mean, yes, procrastination can unnecessarily postpone our actions and decisions. And so people say it is our enemy and keeps us from doing what we want.
But, most often, this isn’t the case.
I don’t know why people see procrastination as a dreaded word.
Believe it or not, procrastination can be a good thing.
Maybe this is why you are reading this blog. Here I’m sharing points that prove that procrastination can be a good thing for you.
Times When Procrastination Can Work in Your Favour
Yes, there are cases when procrastination actually works for you. Consider two scenarios: one in which you are scrolling through your phone watching reels and thinking nothing, and the other in which you are sitting on the couch browsing the internet for your college project and procrastinating about the flow of your project and what it will look like when completed.
The latter is considered a good use of time.
The internet browsing thing is active procrastination because there you are actually doing something valuable with your time.
while the one with scrolling reels is called passive procrastination because you are simply watching reels.
Here are some other scenarios where procrastination will actually be a good thing for you.
1. When You are Failing to Prioritise
Imagine this: you entered the office one morning and, even before you sat down on your chair, plenty of tasks were thrown at you with deadlines. You will get all nerved up, and procrastination will definitely not be a thing that you think about because you don’t have any time for it, right?
But what if I say procrastination can be beneficial here? Think Again!
Yes, procrastination will be a good thing here as it will allow you to prioritize your tasks when there is a strict deadline. By giving yourself a moment to think, you will be able to prioritize your tasks clearly, and things will get easier for you.
2. When You are Sorting Good and Bad Ideas
Have you ever thought about why exactly you are procrastinating? Perhaps you enjoy the last-minute pressure that comes with meeting tight deadlines, or perhaps the project on which you are currently working stinks.
According to the website www.JamesAltucher.com, we procrastinate when our body and mind are telling us we don’t like something. So, with this in mind, use procrastination wisely and sort out good and bad ideas wisely.
3. When You Are Deprived of Motivation
One primary initiator of procrastination is a lack of motivation, but you have to use this to your advantage. While you are procrastinating, let your mind wander as to what the most interesting task you will be working on will be. This will allow you to add tasks to your to-do list, and you can get a better sense of yourself and know about things that you enjoy wholeheartedly.
4. When You Are Looking For Creativity
All the creative minds out there procrastinate. I am saying this because when the brain stops doing one thing, many times it starts running in another direction to find ways around the task that is currently in hand.
In the book “The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing” it is quoted as-
“If you go back through the history of human culture and take away every invention that was made by someone who was supposed to be doing something else, I’m willing to bet there wouldn’t be a lot left.”
Summing up, procrastination can actually be a good thing for you. It boosts your energy, makes you focus more, and helps you work faster. And so you should use procrastination to your advantage.
Go ahead! Procrastinate over the art you have to do, in order to avoid consequences and associate yourself with high-quality work.
Oh, yes, do have a look at the art pieces on ArtbyO to get some positivity and inspiration.