Procrastination: A Force for Good

Procrastination is widely known as something evil that prevents you from getting anything productive accomplished. You tell yourself that you’ll do it tomorrow… or next week… or next month. You find millions of excuses to not do what you’ve set out to do… and millions of excuses to do anything but what you’ve set out to do.

But procrastination is a good thing sometimes. It can trick you into doing necessary and productive, but hated, household chores like vacuuming and dusting and cleaning the bathroom. Ordinarily, you wouldn’t be enthusiastic about those kinds of things, but when you’re making an excuse not to do what you’ve set out to do, those tasks suddenly become fun and interesting.

Even if you’re procrastinating by staring into space or surfing through the void of the Internet, that time you’ve “wasted” can still be useful. You never know when a brilliant idea might suddenly slap you in the face (or tap you on the shoulder – considerably less painful). So, with the knowledge that procrastination can be inspiring and a force for good, don’t despair when you find yourself sucked into a tunnel of “I’ll do it tomorrows.” But as with all good things, you don’t want to procrastinate too much. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Procrastination: A Force for Good

  1. I find this with edits sometimes, too. If a word or a sentence bothers me and I can’t think of a fix right away, I highlight it and move on. If I keep hacking away at it in that moment, I usually make it worse.

    When I come back to it later, either I see the solution, or I can’t remember why it bothered me in the first place. 🙂

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    1. It seems like the longer you look at something and try to figure it out, the less likely you are to get it and the more likely it is you’ll figure it out upon looking at it a second time. 🙂

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