I’m great at procrastinating, and sometimes it sucks.
You feel bad because you could have done the thing weeks, months, or even years ago, but you ended up pushing along until the thing that needs to get done is staring at you in the face. But don’t fret. It might actually be a good thing that you waited so long, and here are 4 reasons why:
1.The Most Creative People are Procrastinators
This is an idea backed by some science. People who are procrastinators tend to have more time to mull over their decisions before actually doing them. Think about it: The more time you have to think about a project, the more time you can explore different opportunities and various solutions instead of just the first thing that comes to your mind.
2. People who don’t Procrastinate are more Likely to Produce Mediocre Work
We all know that person, or maybe you are that person. This person always seems to quickly and effortlessly go through their projects, one after another and you envy their ability to never procrastinate. I used to be this person, and I can tell you how unbelievably tiring it is to rush to finish the next best thing then move onto the next. It never seems to stop, and you’re stuck rushing through life without stopping to smell the roses. Most of the time, procrastination is there to help you stop and think “do I actually need to finish this?” “Is there a better way to do this?”
3. Time Expands to Fit the Allotment of the Project
Those all-nighters you spent cramming for that test might not have been so healthy, but all-nighters the day before a major paper was due might have actually been better for your grade. No matter what your deadline is, if it is urgent enough, you will always seem to make it. 20 percent of the time, you are completing 80 percent of the work, and vice versa. You are procrastinating and end up cram a project into the shortest time possible. All the extra fluff melts away and your project is left with exactly what you need to get the job done.
4. You have a Lot More Going For You Than Your Procrastinating Habits
There is more to life than worrying about how you hate procrastinating. This book on TRUST changed my perspective on my procrastination habits because everything we do boils down to trust, even our procrastination habits. There are four components to trust. Your procrastination habits fall under Integrity. You can make it up through intent, competency, and results.
So don’t fret if you are worried about what procrastinations says about your integrity, I’m sure you more than make up for it like we all do.