There is a proverb in Spain that says, “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week”. How many of you will relate to this Spanish proverb? How many of you think that tomorrow is really the busiest day of the week? I totally relate to it. But how is tomorrow the busiest day? For those of you who did not understand this proverb let me clear it for you.
We all have a numerous number of tasks ahead every day that we need to complete, but as we have only 24 hours in a day and unlimited work to do, we often assign ourselves some tasks to complete on the next day. When is the next day? Tomorrow! But again the next day is only 24 hours long, and we have new tasks the next day, so we push the older tasks to another next day that is tomorrow. Therefore tomorrow becomes the busiest day if we actually decide to work. Sometimes, we keep postponing our work for weeks, months and even as long as a year.
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What Does Procrastination Mean?
Procrastination comes from the Latin words ‘Pro’ meaning ‘forward’ and ‘crastinus’ meaning ‘belonging to tomorrow’. So, procrastination means forwarding something to tomorrow. When we delay or postpone something for doing it later then we are procrastinating. Let us know why do we procrastinate?
When we find a lot of time to complete the task we were assigned then it is likely that we procrastinate. The more time we will have before the deadline, the longer we will take to complete our task. I remember I would procrastinate for working on my assignments in college because the date of submission would be a week later or longer. My instant thought then would be “I have a lot of time till the submission, I’ll do it later”.
#2. Difficulty Of The Task
Procrastination depends on the level of difficulty of the task or assignment. It is more likely that if the task is difficult then we would delay working on it because we feel we need more time to research or that we cannot do something so difficult because we don’t know how to. We will try to find out various excuses to not attend to the assignment till the deadline arrives.
#3. Category Of The Task
The type of task to be done also decides how long we are going to procrastinate doing it. If the task is boring or uninteresting to us then we may not do it for quite a long time and eventually scrap it out of our list. We all do things that we like or things that make us curious, but if the task does not invite our attention, then we do not wish to do it for long.
#4. Fear Of Failure
Many of the times, the fear of failure becomes a resistance in the process of completion of the task. The fear that the task will not gain us any profits or that we will fail in that assignment leads us to procrastination. This fear induces anxiety inside us which is relieved when we avoid or ignore the task.
#5. No Direction
Having no direction regarding the task can become a reason to procrastinate. Not having a direction means that you do not know anything about the task or its completion. So, when you do not have any idea regarding the work, then your level of interest for the project decreases. And with no interest, you ought to procrastinate.
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Procrastination may become a wrong habit for some people whereas it may be good for others. If procrastination is used positively, then it can yield positive outcomes as well. A lot of famous personalities are known to be huge procrastinators in their young age, and it turns out that did not stop them from becoming who they are. Personalities from every corner of the world and every category have been procrastinators. Politicians like Bill Clinton found it very hard to concentrate and work when he got his job. The great world leader, Dalai Lama himself agreed that he was a procrastinator when he was a child. He would not complete his work until he had to. Famous romantic and other poets like Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Margret Atwood, Franz Kafka belonged to the category of procrastinators.
No wonder how they wrote such beautiful poetries dreaming and thinking all day. The great painter Leonardo Da Vinci completed his painting Mona Lisa in 16 years. Now, who is a real procrastinator? His other paintings took years to complete because of this.
#1. Time Management
If you become a positive procrastinator, then you can manage time well. Time management means that you will assign the right amount of time to different tasks you have to do according to your priority. If there is some work that needs less time, then you will leave it for the end of the day. But if some work needs more time then you will do that work first. So in the time left you can do something else that interests you more. This allows you to do more work than people usually do.
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When you are a positive procrastinator you learn about your priorities. You become aware of the things which are important to you and which are not. If you are constantly delaying something then it means it may not be of higher importance to you but if there are tasks that you complete before others then you know what importance they hold. And when you realize the importance of the tasks it becomes easier for you to plan accordingly or eliminate some from the list.
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#3. More Ideas
If you are a procrastinator then it is possible that some of you are lazy people and we know how lazy people come up with creative ideas to get their work done. When you are procrastinating some work then subconsciously you think of the ways you can complete them faster right before the deadline. During the time when you procrastinate, you are also thinking of the creative ways to complete the task in a more productive way. So, procrastination makes you a creative person.
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Procrastination builds a storage house for you to save your energy. When you are procrastinating by not doing anything, you are saving your energy. So when the deadline comes close you use all the energy that you saved delaying things to work efficiently. When you have enough energy you can even work on those tasks that are boring to you.
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When you complete your work right before the deadline then you focus more because you have less time to complete your work. So when you do not have enough time to complete your work, you automatically focus more and your concentration increases. And when you focus more the work gets completed faster and earlier because you will be avoiding any kind of distractions around you.
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#6. The Right Decisions
Procrastination creates a little space for a person to think freely about the life and decisions you have to make. During this time you realize the importance of a decision you have to make and you also get enough time to contemplate about the consequences that your decision may bring. You understand the pros and cons about whatever decision you want to make. You learn about its limitations and restrictions.
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The time you save by procrastinating smartly can be used to introspect about your life and past. You can think about all the possibilities of the near future or you can learn from the past. It is very important for all of us to introspect about our life whether we procrastinate or not because it helps us to know what place we are in our life and where we would like to be in future. Introspection would allow us to learn from our past mistakes and grow for the future.
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What do you think? Is procrastination ever helpful in life? If yes then share your experience with us and if no then tell us why?
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