Make Procrastination Your Best Ally to Become More Productive Than 99% of People
Procrastination can be useful if you know how to use it.
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”― Abraham Lincoln
Procrastination is the bad tendency to put off until tomorrow what you absolutely must do today. You must have already given in to this bad habit at least once in your life.
This bad habit is particularly pernicious. Just when you thought you would give in to it only once, you will gradually become almost dependent on it. Whoever gives in to procrastination once is likely to give in a second time, and then a third time, …
Without understanding what is happening to you, you will put off everything that is difficult in your life until tomorrow.
As Abraham Lincoln put it so well, you cannot escape responsibility for the tasks you have to do by putting them off until tomorrow. Sooner or later they will come back, and you will have to do them. If you do not, you will never progress in your life.
You want to progress, since you are interested in personal development. Your goal is to improve yourself over time in order to achieve your goals.
As a result, you have learned that procrastination is a bad thing, and you do your best not to give in to it. You’re doing the best you can, but there are days when there’s not much point in struggling.
Indeed, we all have bad days when we force ourselves to work to accomplish tasks, but nothing goes right. There is no motivation, and you can’t move forward.
Nevertheless, you make it your duty to work, because you know that procrastination is an enemy.
Today, I’m going to tell you a great secret about procrastination. This habit that frightens anyone who wants to be productive can be your greatest enemy, or your greatest ally. It all depends on how you use procrastination.
In my opinion, you have to distinguish between two types of procrastination: the procrastination you have undergone that is opposed to the procrastination you have chosen.
Undergone Procrastination Is Your Greatest Enemy
It’s Monday. The week’s starting, and you’ve had a great weekend. The weather was fine, and you took the opportunity to spend some time at the beach with your loved ones. You still have a lot of memories in your head.
As you start a new week, you’re struggling to motivate yourself to get back on track.
There are difficult tasks ahead of you that you have to accomplish. It’s not what you want to do at this particular time, but it’s what you have to do. Unfortunately, you are not in a psychological state to tackle what is at that moment a mountain to you.
So you’re going to put off until Tuesday what you were supposed to do on Monday.
The procrastination you are experiencing is primarily due to a psychological break. You are afraid of not being able to carry out your difficult tasks.
Needless to say, this psychological block will always be present on Tuesday, Wednesday, and other days of the week. When the weekend arrives, you will still not have completed your most complex tasks, and you will have a feeling of incompleteness within you.
This feeling of incompleteness will feed your bad habit of procrastinating. By the time the next week starts, you will already be leaving with a handicap. You will still be thinking about your failures in the previous week to attack your difficult tasks.
Little by little, these tasks will become mountains that you will no longer be able to climb.
The problem with procrastination is that if you do nothing, you do not rest mentally. You spend your time thinking about what you should be doing, but what you are not doing. You get mentally tired and nervous in reality.
So this procrastination you are undergoing is your worst enemy. You must avoid it at all costs, or you will never succeed in achieving your goals.
Chosen Procrastination Is Your Greatest Ally
In contrast to the procrastination undergone, you should know that there is such a thing as chosen procrastination. Perhaps you’ve never heard of this term before. Yet, this is how I feel the kind of procrastination I am about to tell you about.
It’s all right for you. You’re motivated. You’ve attacked the week by working on your most complex tasks.
It’s Tuesday evening, and you’re feeling a little tired. You feel that Wednesday might be a difficult day for you. To prepare for this, you decide to go to bed early. Getting a good night’s sleep helps to rest your head and body.
The next day, when you wake up, you’re physically good, but mentally you feel like you’re not. It’s a beautiful day outside, and you feel like getting away from it all.
At that moment, you could make the mistake of following the zero procrastination doctrine to the letter. I’ve been doing this for a long time, I have to tell you.
You could also take a step back, and make an amazing choice that will pay off in the long run: that of chosen procrastination.
You will consciously decide to postpone your tasks to the next day rather than spend your day exhausting yourself when you feel you are not at 100% of your potential.
You could tackle complex tasks, but your productivity would clearly not be optimal. You could spend hours on tasks that you normally manage to complete in one or two hours. Rather than wasting your time, the best thing to do is to go outside and recharge your batteries.
To recharge your batteries, there’s nothing better than going out and enjoying nature. You can go for a walk in a park, or go for a walk in the forest. In short, do something other than work so that your brain can think about something else.
At first glance, this procrastination day may seem like a waste of time.
When you arrive home on Wednesday evening, you will feel an urge to work and to complete the tasks that you consciously left out that morning.
After a good night’s sleep, this is what you will do on Thursday morning after waking up. You will begin your hardest tasks because you have regained the desire to move towards your goals. You will then have your most productive day in a long time.
Getting a full day’s rest by choosing procrastination boosts your productivity.
Making Procrastination Your Ally Will Make You More Productive Than 99% of People
Procrastination can be a threat or an advantage. It all depends on how you use it. If you are able to follow my advice by using procrastination to your advantage for recharging your batteries when you need it, you will be able to be more productive than 99% of people.
You will more productive than the majority of people because those who want to be productive make very often the mistake of never taking breaks to recharge their batteries.
By avoiding this mistake, and by knowingly choosing specific times to procrastinate, you’ll be able to keep your motivation high throughout your journey to success.
Rather than wasting your time on a day when you are mentally tired, you will use this time to recharge your batteries so that you can be even more productive the next day.
In this respect, I find what the writer Marthe Troly-Curtin said on this subject particularly apt:
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
— Marthe Troly-Curtin
A chosen moment of procrastination that you will enjoy is therefore never really lost.
Since adopting this strategy, I have boosted my productivity like never before. Even better, I have rediscovered the benefits of quiet times when I can enjoy nature and the world around me.
I can only advise you to try it. You may be surprised at the spectacular results that this good use of procrastination will have on your productivity.