6 Reasons Why You Should 'Actively' Procrastinate!
It is pretty safe to say that most creatives have felt that guilty sensation of not being motivated to do what they got to! Synonym to words like lazy, disorganized, uncommitted, etc., procrastination is bluntly defined as:
Just like how some of the most challenging decisions in life require a different perspective, the upside of procrastination is revealed when one looks at this behavior from a totally different POV!
Now let it be clear that passive procrastination, where laying on one's sofa/bed doing nothing (not even pondering) is simply an unhealthy habit. An active procrastinator is someone who shifts what they were tasked to do for something else they actually feel like doing!
These are the creatives who benefit from the upsides of procrastination!
1) Procrastination forces you to focus better
When running behind a deadline on any significant task, most procrastinators tend to focus only on the most critical and essential parts of the task, allowing them to target all their attention fully on the one task!
2) Procrastinators are amazingly efficient!
Overcomplications, clutter, confusion, indecisiveness are all out the window for an active procrastinator. They will find the easiest way to get a job done in the least amount of time!
3) Procrastinators are more intuitive!
Many studies have reported that most wandering minds procrastinate immediately upon being given a task due to not finding the most intuitive and creative way to solve the problem. It is often when these creatives procrastinate that their minds hit a Eureka moment discovering the most instinctual way to solve a task.
4) Procrastinators are free thinkers!
If you are an active procrastinator, your minds are never tied down to the deadlines of any task. Given sufficient time to finish a task, a procrastinator immediately starts to think freely. Even if the person is not actively aware of the task, a procrastinator's unconscious mind continues to look for answers below awareness until a solution pops out.
5) Procrastinators tend not to be affected by stress!
Given the nature of always running behind deadlines and focusing on what requires the most attention, active procrastinators tend not to get stressed. Give them hard-to-solve problems with close deadlines, and chances are they will have it done stress-free! This was backed up in a research study by Chu and Choi in 2005, where they found that active procrastinators were not paralyzed by worry.
6) Procrastination is your body's natural calling to chill out when things get too overwhelming!
People who can easily procrastinate are almost blessed because they can calm down so effortlessly when life gets too overwhelming. They find ways to throw out all the clutter and instinctively pick and choose what their gut tells them to do!
So to all active procrastinators,
Instead of feeling guilty about how lazy or uncommitted you have been towards a task, ponder on WHY you chose something else to do over the other! The answer may reveal a deeper trace to understanding yourself than you might think!