Embrace Procrastination

Procrastination; to defer action; delay: to put off till another day or time; to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.

Today I’ve done a brilliant job of procrastinating. The irony of writing a blog about procrastination when I have a million other things I ‘should’ be doing is not lost on me either.

Whilst procrastinating I found this

as well as lots of other brilliant and interesting things on the internet that I spent quite some time tweeting about……

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev

If you could plot world incidence or frequency of procrastination I think the first few days in January would show a procrastination epidemic. We all make pledges of how we are going to change our lives and be better people for the New Year. Which we break pretty much instantly and then we feel glum about it.

So my view is that every day should be an opportunity to be a better person in some way, no matter how small. We shouldn’t spend January beating ourselves up because we drank wine, we ate chocolate or we didn’t go to the gym. We should appreciate and celebrate all the achievements we do make. No matter how small. And we should do this every day.

And what’s wrong with procrastinating anyway? Today I’ve had a brilliant lie in, got a clean flat, have spoken to friends on the phone – that’s important right?, read some of my book and I went to the gym; four hours later than planned, but it was still open and quiet because most people went before 4.30pm.

In the context of innovation and creativity, we know that the more experiences we have, the more likelihood we have of combining previously unconnected connections to develop new ideas. So if procrastination is daydreaming, going off course, doing something that allows your mind to wander, seeking things that you are interested in rather than things you ‘should’ be doing, then I reckon its true to say that procrastination is a good thing for your creative thinking.

I’m not saying its ok to potter about all day daydreaming and putting your books in chronological order for the sheer hell of wasting time. If something is urgent, genuinely urgent, make yourself do it. Then go and usefully procrastinate once its done.

So procrastination need not be a dirty word. In fact put procrastinate on your list. Embrace it.

For some more views on procrastination check out this……

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