7 Reasons Why Procrastination Is Good

We’ve all had the feeling of not having enough hours in the day and feeling un-accomplished. I have been feeling like this for the past couple weeks, and couldn’t quite figure out why. I felt like I was meeting all of my obligations and some of my wants, but there was still something missing. I felt like I was juggling to many things at once and that something would potentially fall at any minute. I’m sure I am not alone here….but yesterday something hit me and the light bulb finally came on. It was truly an aha moment. Why is it that we feel we have to get so much done in so little time? Are we that afraid of failure? Or could it be that we are trying to beat the pressures of success? Usually procrastination is frowned upon, but there are definitely some positive things about it. How can this be? Check out my 7 reasons why procrastination can be a good thing:

  1. Nothing worth having will be conquered overnight. Think about your biggest accomplishments, comebacks, and progressions. Were you able to do them all in one day? NO!!
  2. Your mind needs a break. Sometimes, you just need to back away and say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Pushing yourself when you’re far spent only creates disaster and mistakes.
  3. Your perception is off. Have you ever gotten an email or text from someone when you were overworked and tired that made you want to slap them? It could just be your perception is off because you need a break.
  4. Creativity comes when you’re not thinking about it. Some of my best ideas and creative thoughts came from the times when I packed a project away for a couple of days and then came back to it.
  5. Your health is your wealth. Many people work crazy over time hours (I’ve been guilty too) trying to please their boss, get a project completed, or be the shining star. But, if something happens to your health and you can’t work then guess what? You will be replaced…quickly. The stress is not worth the harm to your body.
  6. No fun + All work = Boring Life. Let’s face it. No matter how much of a workaholic you are, there’s nothing fun about working all the time. What kind of life is that??? Sometimes you have to lighten up and have a good time.
  7. Live your own life. If we must avoid procrastination at all costs, then we should at least do it for something we’re passionate about. Most of the things we stress about getting done are to meet someone else’s deadline, not our own. Don’t forget to carve out time for yourself….you’re worth the investment.

What are the reasons you procrastinate? What should you procrastinate less on or even procrastinate more on?

4 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why Procrastination Is Good

  1. ALL good reasons to SLOWDOWN ;however, Procrastination can be more by morphing it into passive resistance like Gandhi.
    NEVER: pay tax on time.Monkey wrench EVERYTHING.

  2. Your seven reasons for procrastination are right on target!! But, as we all know, for those that live in procrastination, this is not for you! This is only for those that never slow down, like you and me!! Being over the half century mark in years, I have still not learned to just relax!! I even drive, holding too tightly to the steering wheel, when it is absolutely not necessary; the car will do what it is supposed to, irregardless of your grip on the wheel! Once I realize that I am “squeezing” the wheel, I release the pressure, stretch my fingers and release the pain that has increased, due to the “squeeze effect”, only to discover that 20 minutes down the road, I am back at it, although there is no iminent danger or reason to do so! But, I too am a ‘work in progress’, and progress it is…as you get older, you will definitely learn that things are not as serious as we fear, the world can function without your expertise, and that things will always work out, as they are suppose to, even if we don’t see that right now, in our haste to “fix it”!!

    I love it, love it, love it! Great blog!! …And, you know how I feel about the author, my “Word Master”!!!!!!!

    P.S. I absolutely love the fortune cookie message (LOL!)

    • True, this should only be taken completely to heart for those that need to slow things down! Funny thing is I hold on to the steering wheel tightly too! As you stated, things are often not as serious as we fear, which is a great thing. I thought the fortune cookie was pretty cool too!! Thank you!!

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