7 surprisingly good things about procrastination
The art of procrastination is not hard to master – we all know how to put off important tasks until later. Most often, it's considered a bad thing affecting our success, but now science says procrastination can be quite beneficial. Don't leave reading this article until tomorrow!
On your to-do list, there are tasks you put off for later again and again. Finally, after de-prioritizing them several times, you happily forget about them and... nothing bad happens. This means the importance of these tasks was overestimated in the first place, and your procrastination is what helped you to understand that.
Sometimes we face really tough choices and need to spend more time on thinking than we planned. As a result, we procrastinate and don't hurry to take action. If you are not afraid to not stick to your plan and allow yourself to do nothing, you're actually making yourself a big favor. Why jump into something that might be not the right choice? It's better not to do anything until you are 100% sure you really need it.
It's important to understand WHY you procrastinate.
If you simply don't care about the task, it's time to rethink your plans and daily routine. Even if it's a part of your job – is it really worth getting over yourself?
It's different if you are afraid not to be good enough in what you do. When you really care about the result, taking some extra time can be necessary. This only means you have high awareness and can prevent (and accept) your potential mistakes.
More complicated and innovative solutions are needed when you don't stick to the plan and put off your tasks. Nothing goes as planned, you have less time and need to act creatively to complete everything. It becomes a powerful real-world brain exercise – and your subconscious is active all the time, even if you are not thinking of your delayed tasks right now.
This benefit is obvious – instead of putting yourself into stress while trying to do something you're not in the mood for, you stay calm and save yourself from nervous breakdown. Nothing in the world is worth your mental health, so procrastination can sometimes function as effective preventive medicine.
After having procrastinated for some time, you are less likely to be distracted by something. You rush to finish in time, so you consciously avoid thinking about other stuff.
Sometimes when we avoid doing something significant and really hard, we still can't sit around and do nothing. This can make you do little things from your to-do list, even if you've been putting them off before. Compared to your "big task", they seem very easy and insignificant – sometimes you won't even notice how you have cleaned your house from top to bottom.
Can you call yourself a procrastinator? Or do you prefer to do everything in time?
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