Don’t Fall Into The Trap of ‘Productive Procrastination’

Jari Roomer
Feb 13 · 7 min read

What Is Productive Procrastination?

Productive procrastination is the act of being busy while still procrastinating on your most valuable tasks. Even though you might work 8 to 10-hour workdays and you feel productive, you’re still not truly productive. In reality, by keeping yourself busy with a lot of to-do’s, you distract yourself from doing the work that is truly important and impactful.

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By using busyness as a shield to protect ourselves from doing the things that we actually should do, we fail to make our dreams our reality.

Keep in mind, hard work does not equal success. Yes, it can be a component of success, but only when hard work is applied to the right tasks and activities. Remember, if hard work equalled success, all construction workers would be millionaires.

Why So Many People Fall For Productive Procrastination

Many people fall into the trap of productive procrastination because it’s quite hard to detect when you are engaged in it. It’s almost as if productive procrastination sneaks up on you. Before you know it, you are working on tasks that really just distract you from what you should be doing.

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Busywork Vs Important Work

Being busy is definitely not the same as being productive. Where being busy is all about doing as much as possible for as long as possible, being productive means that you actually tackle meaningful and worthwhile tasks (your priorities) in an efficient matter.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how hard you work if you work on the wrong things (aka, mid-low value tasks)

Most people assume they have to work 50 to 60-hour workweeks in order to become successful. I say, don’t focus on the number of hours that you work. Rather, focus on the value you create in the hours that you work.

How To Avoid Productive Procrastination

If you want to avoid falling into the trap of productive procrastination, you really only need to do two things.

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Now Do It

Only after you spend time and energy on your most important tasks should you switch to the low or mid-value tasks. These tasks hold some value but are definitely not critical or significant enough for achieving your important goals.

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