I’m not going to pretend we live in a perfect world where we will never procrastinate. We do. And we won’t stop. We can certainly reduce our tendency to procrastinate and ensure we get the important work that we need done on time and with minimal impact to our health. But, I recognize that we all procrastinate (some more than others), and if we are going to procrastinate, let’s do it productively, shall we?
What is productive procrastination?
You have something important you need to do – a project, an assignment, a phone call – but you really don’t want to do it. Instead of doing that thing, you will likely distract yourself by scrolling on social media, watching YouTube, binging Netflix, or even eating. Productive procrastination is when you’re still putting off that thing you need to do, but you do something else more productive instead of nothing at all.
What can I do to procrastinate productively?
Here are my favorite things to do when I’m putting something off:
How can I stop procrastinating all-together?
The best way to stop procrastinating is to build up self-discipline. There’s a really good video by Thomas Frank that you should refer to on this topic. The first step I’d say to doing this is to establish good morning and night routines. Once your time begins to become more scheduled and blocked out, you’ll get into a routine with work that’ll make it feel a lot easier and more natural to stop procrastinating and start working. Also refer to my blog post How to Motivate Yourself, which is a good compliment to this post.
I hope this helps you procrastinate a little bit better.
Happy productive procrastinating!