I am a freelance writer working from home, and spending much time procrastinating is usual for me. However, I spend even more time reproving myself for procrastination. It is not surprising that for many people, procrastination is associated with laziness. But have you ever tried to look at procrastination in another way? Do not berate yourself as a lazy and unmotivated person. Procrastination can really help you find motivation and new ideas so that you can work better and faster. Here are some pieces of advice on how to become a productive procrastinator.
Benefits of Procrastination
Even if you put off important things that have to be done, your subconscious is still working on them. If you suddenly decide to go for a walk or to clean the house or to organize your work papers instead of working in front of your laptop, you are letting new thoughts appear in your head. You may think you are wasting the time, but in reality, you are giving your brain an opportunity to find new ideas on the project.
If you are in search of a creative solution, procrastination can really help you. Thus, there are situations when it is not just beneficial, but necessary. Most of us are sure that it is better to get everything done beforehand; however, that is not always so. For instance, if you finish a report a couple of weeks in advance, it is likely that you will spend your time improving that paper. Therefore, doing things early does not actually save the time. Procrastination can prevent time spent on reworking.
Ways to Procrastinate Effectively
- Figure out why you are procrastinating. You might be afraid of failure, related to high risks, or it is just a way to communicate to somebody. When you get an answer, it will help you make a better decision.
- Procrastinate intentionally. If you put your work off because of fear, it can be called negative procrastination, but if you wait intentionally, then it is a positive one. So, if you require some time to let new thoughts appear in your head, consciously provide yourself with that time.
- Stop feeling or considering yourself guilty of everything. Even if you are unintentionally procrastinating, try not reproving yourself for this. If you feel bad about the work habits you have, it will eventually catch you in the cycle of self-reproach since you can consider that you are unable to fulfill your assignment.
- Realize what “last minute” means. It is when you have time enough to finish the project in time, without compromising its quality and without any stress. Often, it is okay to wait until the last minute, but if you find yourself doing not-so-good work in a hurry, it is likely that you wait until after the last minute.
- Solve a little problem. Find a little task that you can complete quickly and easily. It can be answering an email, cleaning the desk or making your bed. Finish anything successfully and see how it sparks your efficiency for more important things.