Productive Procrastination

We’ve all heard the ominous phrase that procrastination is a sin. But let’s look at it from another point of view. There has to be some good aspects to it… right?

So while procrastinating yet another assignment, i got to thinking, what are the good aspects of procrastination- surely there had to be some, and voila! Turns out there are.

1) You work better under pressure.

We all know that person who puts off tasks till the very last hour as he/ she claims to work well under stress. There is some truth in that. Under stressful conditions, ones thought processes and cognitive thinking works faster and better, therefore they are able to produce some of the best ideas under pressure.

2) By procrastinating, you spend time doing what you like

We’ve all put aside work to watch one more episode of your favourite TV show ( more like 5 more episodes). Or you’d rather read a book, or write or travel- you figure out what you truly enjoy doing when you procrastinate.

3) Greater Creativity

When you have a deadline looming over your shoulder, you decrease the time to second guess yourself, because you just don’t have time for that. Therefore, this makes you go with your best ideas that come into your mind without judging them. This allows you to go with your ideas, therefore allowing you to be more experimental and creative with your ideas.

4) Perfectly done; not done perfectly

Besides that being a slight tongue twister, there is some logic behind that. When you work on something for hours and days, your focus is more on getting it done perfectly. When you work on a limited time frame, you’re more worried about getting your best work- idea wise out there, since there isn’t enough time to go back and rework it.

5) It all gets done eventually

If you’re an active procrastinator, you’ve learnt to trust yourself that you’ll get all the things done. By doing that, you ensure your best work is put out and you meet the deadline. This works on a basic psychological principle, that is: anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment. This principle was devised by Robert Benchley


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