I find myself procrastinating an awful lot. I mean a super duper never ending, might actually currently be procrastinating right this second, lot. A lot of the time I think I get distracted from my work more than I should, I mean, I take up work shifts to avoid doing my uni work… it’s actually quite bad, I even cleaned my boyfriend’s car to avoid writing my masters dissertation. Anyway… I decided I wanted to really look into how healthy it actually is to procrastinate and whether I should really start concentrating more. (My hypothesis suggests yes… will I become more focused? Probably not!)
So, what’s actually good about procrastinating? Apart from the fact it makes you forget slightly about the mountain of work you may have!
Procrastination makes you so much more creative.
So this may sound highly hypocritical as I study a creative subject so I see the creativity in everything, *cough* especially myself. Yet, I find that when I procrastinate it’s always something creative, doodling and writing are my guilty culprits, at least they work so much during my education, my best friend and me were always drawing and getting creative when we were supposed to be studying in class, especially those statistics lessons, full of hypothesises and Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient… exactly… what?! *Here’s a little wiki page about it if you are interested… booooooring!*
Procrastination stimulates your brain.
As well as you focusing your brains creativity when you start to distract from your work, it’s often (at least for me) that the brain starts to challenge itself with problems or to-do lists. I often find my brain working overtime when I’m doing anything that isn’t my work, like playing a game on my phone that makes me have to think or writing lists of what I need to do after I’d finished what I was supposed to be doing in the first place… again, making me think!
Time to cool off
Essentially, if you’re getting stressed with something (or someone) it’s best to give some space between. It allows you to calm down and think a bit more logically rather than rashly and well, harsh. Having that cool down time allows you to emit pure energy to what you’re working on (or whom you need to apologise to) making procrastination, your new best friend!
As much as I love procrastinating, it isn’t always the best thing to do, although the initial forgetting of important stuff goes quite quickly, after that it’s a bit of a panic when you realise you need to catch up on all the stuff you should have been doing! So make sure that you prioritise your most important stuff (or at least majority of it) before you’re day dreaming, as hard as that may be, I promise you’ll feel so much better after!
I’ll be honest, I don’t really feel as motivated to continue writing my dissertation now that I’ve finished writing this, but if you can do it, so can I! Wish me luck, and if you’d like to write something like this (giving you some procrastinating ammo here!!) then get in touch!