5 Reasons to Consider Productive Procrastination
Few characteristics are more common to human nature than procrastination. Yet it is universally considered a bad thing, demanding excuse or apology. I believe it is time for someone to step forward in defense of productive procrastination.
- Spring cleaning would seldom take place if it were not for the possibility of putting off doing our taxes till the last minute.
- Procrastination gets us to communicate with one another. Parents, avoiding work, spend time with their families. Letters get written and phone calls get made, continuing or re-establishing relationships.
- We gain better information prior to making a decision. It allows some problems to go away by themselves with the passage of time.
- Putting off things gives you a ready-made excuse when someone wants to impose (“I’d love to, Joe, but I really have to…”).
- Those who procrastinate have a strategic advantage over those who don’t, because they can always outwait them.
Let’s stop vilifying all forms of this nearly universal human trait. Productive procrastination is the answer. It allows us to accomplish more than we could without it!