Learning from Procrastination

Another day, not now, some other time… these are some thoughts that come to our mind when we think of working on something that we perceive are not that important at that moment. But is it always the perceived importance? It could be a task that is perceived too easy or too difficult. If too easy then it can wait till the last minute and if too difficult, it’s the fear if achieving the expected quality of the task.

Well I have been procrastinating to write this article for a couple of weeks just a thinking how can I write on this topic in an interesting way without making the readers procrastinate to read further 😛 I finally want to take up the challenge and will learn through the feedback I receive on this article.

The most common idea we get when we hear the word “procrastination” is that it’s a bane and displays laziness. It need not be so in every situation. Procrastinating can also be a boon in some circumstances where it depicts our wisdom. For instance procrastinating on spending on an expensive car we dream to own could help you make a right decision to save the money for our ‘needs’ more than your ‘wants’.

Procrastinating can also be perceived as a signal for our mind that we are stressed and don’t want to take more tasks in hand. This might help in setting priorities if we figured ways to choose which task we want to keep aside for later and what needs more attention right now and hence leading to learning ways to prioritising and managing time.

Perfectionism is another cause for procrastination as the expected perfection might usually results in failure and we don’t want to work on that again. Unrealistic expectations could lead to hampering of self esteem and lead to low self- confidence and depression. To learn from procrastination in this case, it is necessary to accept the failure as a part of learning and developing, not focusing too much on set backs and limitations (except for to learn from them) and to set goals that are easier to achieve and SMART in nature.

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