Is There A Correlation Between Procrastinating & Productivity?

There’s no getting around it. Our generation is perceived as lazy, and for good reason. For us, no job is worth doing without spending at least half the time avoiding it. That’s the fun, right? Procrastination, above all else, is an artform. There really isn’t any limit to how far we’ll go just to avoid doing something else. Hey, whatever, we know it’ll get done in the end. What’s the big rush, anyway?

But wouldn’t it be great if there were a way that procrastinating could actually be productive? Well, little did you know, it already is. Think about it. There must be some kind of scientific explanation as to why human beings want to prolong the inevitable.

As far as my theory goes, procrastinating is your brain’s way of telling you that it needs time to problem solve. “Hey, you do something else for a while,” it insists, “I’ve got this.” And just like that, we put our complete faith in our subconscious to get the job done. But how does it all work? Well, let’s take a look at some of the more productive procrastination techniques.

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Doodling

Come on, we’ve all been here. You couldn’t be less interested in art, and yet, when it comes time to get down to work, you suddenly fancy yourself as an abstract artist. It’s not your fault that people don’t understand the true beauty of stickmen. So, why does this happen? It’s simple, really. You’re unwittingly engaging your creative side. Giving it the kickstart it needs to perform the task at hand. Chalk it up as ‘concepting’ and call it a day.

Play Games

Have you ever blacked out for a few minutes and found yourself knee-deep in some addictive flash game, with no idea how you got there? Don’t worry, I feel you. And you’re not the only one. That’s why there’s an abundance of websites dedicated to flash games. They’re not particularly fun, but they pass the time. But do they do more than that? Yes, I believe so. Most of them involve problem-solving, right? It’s your brain’s way of stretching out before exercise. It just needs a little warm-up. So, try addictive Path of Exile here, and don’t you dare feel guilty about it.

Reorganize Your Desk

Isn’t it funny how that mess only seems to bother you when there’s something more important to be doing? Otherwise, it goes largely unnoticed. Facing down the barrel of a heavy workload, though, and suddenly you’re compelled to tidy it. It makes sense. How does that old expression go, again? A tidy home is a tidy mind. The urge to clear up is your brain’s way of telling you that it needs to be free from distraction. Heed its call, and your work will get done much quicker.

There you have it. Science. And that Instagram addiction you’ve got? Consider it market research.  I’m pretty sure these bold claims are all irrefutable, so don’t feel bad about procrastinating. It’s just your brain’s way of helping you overcome more obstacles. Thanks, brain!

 

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