In simpler words, Procrastination is the “art and science” of delaying or postponing important tasks or activities.
How many times you have been told to finish work on time, do not put it on tomorrow because tomorrow never comes. In short, we have always been told not to be a procrastinator. But it is such a bad thing, then why do people still do it? Some psychologists say it is a bad habit and should be addressed. However, there are some who don’t agree with them.
Well, they have done their research to drive to that conclusion. According to them, some people need to procrastinate to get the things done. So, is there is a possibility that procrastination can be helpful?
Not everyone is a procrastinator, but most of us seem to have done so. In fact, it is found that 80% to 90% of college students confessed about having procrastinated before. There are different levels and types of it. There is the chronic type.
Chronic Procrastination is when a person consistently puts off completing tasks. You believe it or not, 20% of us fall into this category. There are psychologists who suggest that continually pushing off doing things can lead to unhealthy levels of stress and feelings of constant embarrassment. However, some experts disagree on this. In fact, many have recently suggested that, after all, stress is not a bad thing. To prompt some people in action, experiencing stress is needful.
Well, if you are wondering why do we procrastinate? There are biological reasons for it. Two parts of our brain are involved, the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex. The former contains the brain’s pleasure centre, while the latter is responsible for planning and decision-making. The prefrontal cortex is less developed than the limbic system. So, the limbic system often wins when we are faced with an unpleasant task. That is what makes humans naturally inclined to procrastination.
Procrastinator? No, I just wait until the last second to do my work because I will be older, therefore wiser.
Some researchers would agree that this bad habit can actually be helpful. It is during the distractions that our mind gets a break which helps us in creatively thinking through the problems. Some even believe that some people procrastinate because that is how they get their best work done. Such people are referred to as deadline-driven person as they give their best when the deadline is looming.
Here are more reasons for you to boost, if you are a procrastinator:
- Active procrastination makes you get more things done
There are things you have been pushing off. Well, the bright side is, the rest of the stuff on your to-do list are probably getting cleared quickly. After which there is only one thing that is left on your list is the task you initially procrastinated on. Now, you have no choice but to get on with it.
- Unnecessary tasks disappear with procrastination
Putting off a job gives you an opportunity to re-evaluate if the work is really that important. If you have been procrastinating a particular task for a while, it might not be even relevant or necessary to you anymore.
- It shines a light on what’s most important to you
It is doubtful that you will procrastinate on doing a thing that you really love to do or that matters to you. If you are struggling to do something and trying to put it off as much as possible, you should ask yourself that why in the first place you are doing it. Passion and purpose help in overcoming your procrastination hurdle.
- Procrastination brings out your creative side
You have been procrastinating an essential task because it is daunting. You may not be actively working on the job; however, your subconscious mind is processing things and collecting ideas for it. So, when you sit down to work on it, you have much more ideas on how to go about it.
- Procrastination helps you to make better decisions
There is a time when you are delaying doing a thing just because you are not sure which is the right choice for you. Your intuition and your rational mind are on different poles, and you can’t make out which one you should listen to. In such situations, procrastination becomes a savior. You avoid jumping into something that might not be right for you. And by the time deadline arrives, you have done your research and ready to make the decision.
So, you must agree that everything has its pro and cons. Nothing is bad or wrong all the time. If you are also a Procrastinator, accept it, embrace it.