Time is the one resource we can never get back. According to that logic, we should scramble to finish every project as fast as possible. On the contrary; procrastination, when done correctly, is a fantastic productivity and quality tool. After reading this post, you, too, can master the art of procrastination and be the successful person you’ve always wanted to be.
Procrastinating gives your brain a break. Delegating time to let your mind wander increases creativity and productivity once you hit the grindstone again. Anyone can procrastinate the right way to boost productivity with these tricks.
Deliberate Procrastination Is the Expert’s Secret to Success.
Do Tasks at the Last Minute
We need to define “last minute.” It doesn’t mean stressing yourself out and losing sleep to finish a project. Waiting until the last minute is giving yourself time to complete the task comfortably without sacrificing quality.
Procrastination enables you to complete your project the right way. Spend your time leading up to the last minute procrastinating with enjoyable activities. You’ll work better when you’re having fun and in a good mood. You might even get some inspiration while on a walk or hanging out with friends.
Let Your Mind Wander
Why shouldn’t you just put the pedal to the metal with all of your endeavors? Putting off projects doesn’t mean you’re not making any progress. Your subconscious is still working while procrastinating. Doing activities totally unrelated to your work gives your brain time to wrap itself around the problem.
Creative thinking helps solve problems. Generally speaking, you’ll be more creative the longer you spend mulling over a project. An artist might tell you that creativity isn’t a switch you can flip on at will. Sometimes the best approach to a problem is to wait, do something else or daydream. Plan ahead and give yourself ample time to tackle the problem.
Procrastinate with Intention
You need to be deliberate with your procrastination for this tactic to benefit you. Allowing your mind to wander is useful, but only when it’s wandering for the right reasons. Prolonging your work on a project out of anxiety or fear won’t get you anywhere.
If you aren’t procrastinating on purpose, determine what’s holding you back. Fear of failure is a common reason. Perhaps your values don’t align with your project. When determining why you’re stalling, avoid judging yourself harshly. Instead, define the reasons clearly and get to know what’s driving your behavior. Understanding why you’re procrastinating, in spite of your best efforts, is the first step to solving the problem.
Remove All Guilt When Procrastinating
Unintentional procrastination doesn’t helping, but don’t beat yourself up over it. Avoid the endless cycle of telling yourself “I’m not good enough” or “I should be working right now.” Worrying about time not spent on your project won’t bring it back. Accept what’s happening and keep making progress.
Complete Small Tasks or Simple Puzzles
Everyone hits a roadblocks on the road to success, so step away and do something else for a little while if you’re frustrated. Specifically, complete a chore that’s quick and easy to keep your brain working. You could also bust out your favorite puzzle game for a few minutes. Keep your mind active without wasting time becoming more and more frustrated can help you clear away your own personal bias. You’ll be more likely to see the issue fresh when you get started again.
Procrastination isn’t necessarily the demon people make it out to be. In fact, it’s an excellent tool to boost productivity and creativity when you use it correctly. Procrastinate deliberately and efficiently to ace your next project.
~Here’s to Your Success