Feeling guilty about procrastinating every time you’ve got something to do? Well, fret not because its natural to go about things in this way. Especially when you’ve got something important to do. We’ve all gone through this state of mind at least once in our life, and we shouldn’t be embarrassed at all about it. I don’t view procrastination as a flaw, I see it more as an ordinary habit. I don’t disagree with the fact that it has its drawbacks, because that would be truly ignorant of me, but I suggest that we should value it for the benefits that it can bring in our life. In this article, we will be looking at the bright side of procrastination by focusing on its benefits.
The “last-minute focus”
When we get to work on a task that is due tomorrow, or even worse, that is due within two or three hours, the engine in our brain just revs up and makes our mind start concentrating on our work. I like to call it “last-minute focus” because our brain becomes highly attentive to a certain task moments before it needs to be submitted. You surely know how it feels. I know I do. I’ve experienced it far too many times that I stopped counting. It’s quite a unique feeling. The situation just turns from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye. All of a sudden, your thoughts are focused on one element and you stop paying attention to the things that happen around you.
The swiftness of the last moment
Reducing the time you have to finish your tasks requires you to speed up your thought process and your writing ability. Procrastination helps your mind accelerate, making you able to multitask and zoom through your work. This generally happens when we’ve got something to do that is not to our liking and so we wait until the last moment to get it over and done with quickly. It is obviously not recommended if you’re the type of person that prefers to take it slowly and gradually when it comes to your work.
The hesitation’s tranquillity
With this last benefit that I want to talk about, I would like to debunk the myth that procrastination only generates stress. It doesn’t, some people don’t feel any kind of pressure and they actually feel at peace when they procrastinate. Procrastination is one of the greatest instruments that you can use when you need to ward off the anxiety generated by the deadline of your task.
A study conducted by The Journal of Social Psychology in 2005 clearly demonstrates the fact that active procrastinators aren’t that different from the individuals that prefer not to delay their work.
After reading this article, I hope that you won’t feel bad about the next time you’re going to procrastinate. Whether you do it because you function better during stress or just because you fear the anxiety of a deadline, you should always remember that procrastination also comes with benefits and that you should never put any shame behind it.