3 times when procrastination is the best option

Accomplishing tasks at their defined time is the often-recommended approach, but waiting for a better time to do the task is not that bad either.

An article by Jonh Rampton published on entrepreneur.com strongly advocates for procrastination as it benefits entrepreneurs and business owners.

Rampton quotes Adam Grant, author of Originals who notes that in Ancient Egypt procrastination was defined as “Waiting for the right time.”

Rampton adds that great thinkers and creators like the late Apple founder Steve Jobs embraced this idea.

SEE ALSO :How 19-year-old student earns Sh5,000 daily

He goes on to mention other successful people who are procrastinators like Leonardo Da Vinci, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Jefferson, Bill Clinton, Mark Twain, Margaret Atwood and the Dalai Lama.

However, this does not mean that you should start putting everything off, waiting for a better time. You should discern between active procrastination and passive procrastination.

“Active procrastination means you realise that you are unduly delaying mowing the lawn or cleaning your closet, but you are doing something more valuable instead. Passive procrastination is just sitting around on your sofa not doing anything. That clearly is a problem.”

For More of This and Other Stories, Grab Your Copy of the Standard Newspaper.

According to Rampton, passive procrastination can lead to stress and anxiety. When you finally come around to doing the task, you are unable to tackle it to your full ability and end up sitting in disorganisation.

Active procrastination is good because of three reasons. First, it gives people an energy boost. With the fear of a deadline approaching, one gathers up enough motivation to get the task done on time.

SEE ALSO :Selling children’s literature to inculcate a reading culture

Second, it sparks creativity as it gives people the time to come up with better alternatives. Most procrastinators are perfectionists and want to do the work in the best way possible. 

Third, procrastination helps with focus, makes us work faster and makes everything else seem easier. When one is late, they avoid all forms of distraction to complete the task. The author says that you should not fight procrastination but use it for your benefit. This is possible through say making use of apps that automate tasks, organise your lists, eliminate distractions, and send you daily reminders.

We are undertaking a survey to help us improve our content for you. This will only take 1 minute of your time, please give us your feedback by clicking HERE. All responses will be confidential.

MoneyJobsCareer AdviceProcrastinationSteve Jobs