So we’re already a couple weeks into the Easter break and I’ve just got back from a fab holiday in Italy. While I was away I wasn’t worrying too much about the essays I needed to write. Now that I’m back however, with very little planned for the next few weeks, it’s the only thing on my mind. With hardly anything planned now that I’m back in the UK you’d figure that I’d take this opportunity to get loads of work done. There’s just one issue, and it’s called procrastination.
Because my essay deadlines are a few weeks away, I’m not yet feeling the pressure to get things done quickly. And so procrastination kicks in. If I actually sat down and worked for a solid few hours then I would probably make loads of progress with my work. And I know that, deep down somewhere. But motivation is so hard to find and things like cleaning or tidying my room just become so important when I have a deadline looming. Procrastination sucks.
Messing around on the internet, one of my bad procrastinating habits, I came across this video: Why Procrastination Is Actually Good For You. Of course, I was intrigued, so I watched it. And I was pleasantly surprised. It actually made some interesting points. Obviously I’m NOT encouraging anyone to procrastinate to the extent that nothing gets done. I’m just saying, procrastination can have its advantages.
One of the most important points the video makes is that procrastination allows us to relax. Overworking our brains makes it harder to get things done and affects our concentration. If we procrastinate every once in a while, it means that our brains can rest so that we’re ready to work again later.
Though it might sound strange, procrastination can also make you more creative. When you’ve been procrastinating for a long time and you realise the pressure to meet a deadline is mounting, you might become anxious. Experiencing anxiety spurs us on, encouraging us to come up with ideas and be more creative. If there isn’t much pressure to get something done, then there’s less need to be creative.
Completely neglecting and ignoring your responsibilities and deadlines is not the same as procrastination, so don’t do that. It’s important to know that procrastinating a lot can have a negative affect on you and your health. It’s also important to recognise that there is a difference between procrastinating and just being lazy. A little procrastination every once in a while though can have its benefits!