“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin”, said the late American businessman, Victor Kiam. Sounds pretty serious, right? The question is – must procrastination always be associated with negativity? Well, not according to Carson Tate, founder of management consultancy, Working Simply. She shared that if you learn to master the art of procrastination, it will do you good. Procrastination will serve as a mechanism of focus during hectic times and shedding light on what’s really important. Read on to find out how doing less might just help you get more done.
#1 Define Priorities
Procrastination can be give a valuable information about your tasks priority. Besides that, you should consider whether there’s a reason you’re avoiding whatever you have to do like the plague. Is it out of alignment with your skills, personal goals or the goals of the company? Do you have the tools to tackle it properly? Is it just a time-sucking blackhole with limited payoffs?
By asking these questions, you’re able to understand the source of your avoidance and use it to cull your to-do list. If the tasks are meaningless, repetitive or not within your job scope, why not outsource it to companies like Supahands, so that you can focus on what’s really important.
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#2 Identify Your Energy Cycles
If you find yourself lack of motivation, maybe is because your scheduling is off. For example, tasks that require a lot of mental effort i.e. writing and analysing information, need to be done when your energy is high and your brain is rested. If you’re a morning person, scheduling high-intensity projects in the afternoon might cause you to end up procrastinating due to the sluggishness. Use these signals to tap into your body’s natural rhythms, so that you can get the most out of your day.
Tate suggested that for those times when you don’t have the energy to start a big project or you find your energy waning, have a to-do list of easy, low-intensity tasks that you can do in less than five minutes i.e. quick research, reading an article or printing out and sorting documents – it helps you stay on track through dips in concentration.
#3 Give Space To Feel Inspired
Hesitancy to start a project may also be a sign that the idea is not fully formed or inspired. Tate shared that inspiration strikes when your brain is at rest. By procrastinating, – whether you’re watching a silly YouTube video, making coffee or pushing off a difficult task in place of doing an easy one – you’re giving your brain a short time-out for it to gather itself. A relaxed brain would make it easier to connect disparate ideas in new, creative ways.
Who would have thought that procrastination has its positive side. So,whenever you find yourself procrastinating, don’t feel bad about it. Take some time to think about why you’re doing it and you might be churning out better work. Remember, procrastinate responsibly!