procrastination |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-|
the action of delaying or postponing something
It’s true – I am a procrastinator. I remember when the word procrastination was introduced to my vocabulary, teachers warned against its evils. For a while, I took all warnings seriously and fought tooth and nail to overcome procrastination – stressing to save myself the stress. Since I’ve joined the remote workforce, procrastination has become less of a beast and more of a necessity in juggling the never ending to-do list that interweaves work and home life.
It’s not as bad as you may think.
While many are trying to figure out ways to quit procrastinating this new year, I say embrace it. For far too long, we’ve equated procrastination with being lazy or wasting time but in most cases, this simply isn’t true. Typically, when one task is being postponed, we are engaging in other productive tasks. It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking on more important or less important tasks when procrastinating as long as you’re being productive and are (mostly) on time. For me, procrastination is more like all of my tedious tasks in life duking it out, the goal being to get as much done as possible before the end of the day, week, month or however long before my general deadline.
Taking a break is ok too.
Life is a bit relentless in that there is always something left on your to-do list. So please, if you hit the point where you really need to just do nothing, by all means, go ahead. Sometimes we need to take a break and it’s perfectly alright to do so, even if it means postponing an important task. Just don’t miss your deadline.
Ya win some, ya lose some.
I’ve found that some tasks that are put off til the last minute sometimes disappear altogether, like that expensive book listed on your class syllabus that you’re never actually assigned to read – so relieved you waited to buy it, right? This isn’t always the case though. Procrastinating can be a gamble that leaves you scrambling to get stuff done – adequately at best and, hopefully, on time. With this in mind, I advise you not to push your deadlines too hard.
Do house chores to avoid work. Work to avoid house chores. Take breaks. Don’t fight procrastination, fine tune it.