Unfortunately, we all do things that grant us inevitable stresses. Now, feeling stressed isn’t necessarily something you have to feel, but let’s face it, most people get shaky from time to time, some of us more than others. A few go with the flow and shrug off the anxiety. A hearty kudos to them.
But whether it be work, school, family, friends, hobbies, or whatever… Most of us have responsibilities that go along with what we do, and these come with limited time frames of when they need to be done. Most of us are pretty awful with time frames, though. This brings me to my next point of time management.
Time Management: This Again?
I know, I know… I’m sick of hearing things like “prioritize your time wisely” and “don’t procrastinate” too. I mean, they’re just so vague… How do you even stop procrastinating? Is it possible? Well, I’m here to tell you that procrastination isn’t actually as bad as everyone says. Yes, if you spend your time pushing everything aside for the sole purpose of avoiding it, then that’s obviously no good. But perhaps if you shift how you see the concept of procrastination, then maybe you can use it to your benefit.
Procrastination is helpful!
We live in a culture that reflects an aspect of the Puritan era, where procrastination was seen as “sin of folly” and had much shame surrounding it. This reflection could stem from how our workplaces are set up; a daunting “competition” of who gets the most done, and who does it the quickest.
Human nature is lazy by default, but we also crave to be the best. How can we find a balance? It seems so impossible… But I’m here to tell you that a balance exists. It even has a name. Tim Urban calls it contained procrastination. It is the idea that there is a goal, and there is a deadline attached to it. We wait till it is absolutely necessary to start it, but we finish punctually. Sounds like that last big project you blew off till the last second, I know, but it isn’t actually so bad. Think about it; if you were procrastinating mindlessly, doing nothing to avoid that something, then yes it feels like a huge waste of time. But next time try procrastinating with intention. Set yourself some time before the deadline to work work work, but prior to that, do things you like! This way you get to enjoy the good things in life for more time than you spend working. Plus it gets done punctually. What more could you ask for?
Happy procrastinating, friend.
Sit back and relax, have fun! But remember, do it with an intention.
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