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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Part Three of this mini-series is the most interesting for me. I hope you'll stop by tomorrow to read the final installment.
 
Positive effects of procrastination

Positive effects of procrastination

If you’re a creative person, you can turn many negative situations to your advantage. When we talk about delaying tasks, it’s essential to analyze the reasons.
The causes of procrastination differ a lot.
According to John Perry, there are two primary types:
  • When you delay things intentionally.
  • When you postpone because of fear.
If you’re happy to delay something, and nothing pushes you to procrastination—relax. This is a healthy and normal state.
There are lots of positive effects of procrastination.
Here are the best ones:
  1. Procrastination reduces anxiety.
If you delay important tasks and can’t make yourself accomplish them, probably it is a boring and challenging activity that demands a lot of resources, for example, time.
By delaying such tasks, many people accumulate the energy to boost their productivity and accomplish routine work in the shortest time possible.
By the way:
  1. Procrastination teaches us to be faster.
While you’re asking yourself “Why do I procrastinate?” your task is still waiting, whether it’s a promise to clean the room or a challenging assignment. Instead, you open a browser, searching for answers, scrolling through articles… And then—there are only 5 hours left to complete your thesis!
What will you do? Panic?
Probably. But also, you will find the energy to do the work twice as fast as you could do without this boost of adrenaline.
  1. Procrastination helps you to be creative.
Some people define procrastination as additional time to think about the task and get inspired. And this is true—when you wait before completing a task you develop new ideas for your project.
As a result, you start working full of fresh thoughts and plans which are productive for your job or studies.
  1. Procrastination saves a lot of effort.
You may wonder:
“How can I save effort when a ‘panic monster’ scares me to death?”
Well, imagine you have to write an essay, and there is a deadline to accomplish this task.
At the end of the first week, you realize that the topic is more specific than you thought.
Next, your teacher tells that you don’t need to write 15 pages; 5 would be okay.
And then—wow—your teacher wins the lottery and decides to quit and become an actor!
The best part? You don’t have to write your essay at all.
Who loses? All non-procrastinators, the students with completed essays which were rewritten twice.
If you’re a procrastinator, perhaps you’ve heard the quotation: “Never do today any task that may disappear by tomorrow.”
  1. Procrastination makes your routine tasks easier.
Ever wondered why people procrastinate? Because they don’t want to do some boring or challenging task.
It may seem strange, but when a person tries to escape one task, all others become much more pleasant.
In other words, you’re unusually happy to wash dishes, read an academic book, or go to the store if you do it instead of that enormous challenging task waiting for you.
  1. Procrastination can fix your perfectionism.
Many people who routinely postpone work often call themselves perfectionists. And this fact influences how slowly they complete tasks.
When you procrastinate, you don’t have enough time to polish every detail. In this case, if you learn how to beat procrastination, it doesn’t mean you will spend less time on the work.
Why?
Because your high expectations can interfere with the duration of your work. You’ll take longer to make it perfect.
Procrastination synonyms are different depending on the person—some think about laziness and unproductivity, others associate it with creativity and fresh ideas.
If the previous benefits are familiar to you, and you use procrastination to your advantage, then overcoming procrastination isn’t for you.

Jack Milgram

Author's biography

I have been interested in writing since I made the acquaintance of pen and paper. My first letters were really funny, and my mom still keeps them as mementoes. However, as soon as I learned how to write words, I started forming them into sentences. And do you know what my first sentence said? “I love my words”. It was written so ineptly that it looked more like “I love my weird”. When I was younger and played in a band I also started writing poems, but to be honest, prose is much easier for me and I’m doing much better focusing on exactly that. I started writing, but often left unfinished, many of my essays at school, as well as my researches at college, where I studied psychology and education. I started freelance writing when I was a student. I have never found sitting in an office appealing, and a world traveler is actually my true alter-ego. That is why freelancing was my career solution. And now, here you are, reading my tips and guidance for my favorite occupation while I am actually doing what I love all over the world.

Barbara's note: You can find more of his posts at  https://custom-writing.org/blog/

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