Procrastination is something that we have been told is counterproductive for as long as we can remember, but could putting things off do some good when it comes to motivation and creativity in the workplace? In this blog post, we uncover three surprising ways in which procrastination can aid in your professional success.
1. Think, think, think: When you are considering skipping out on a meeting or putting off a project until tomorrow, stop what you are doing and take a few minutes to seriously consider how your time will be spent if you practice procrastination. If you do not attend the meeting or work on the project, will something of equal importance get some attention? Taking time to brainstorm will help you find out where you will be most productive and effective – this may or may not be that boring meeting you have been dreading. Keep in mind that this is not an open invitation to skip work meetings for a simple jaunt down to Starbucks. Don’t use it as an excuse to neglect work all together.
2. Take a moment to hear your thoughts: Often procrastination shows its face as we are staring blankly at a computer screen or legal pad. Take this time to take a step back and listen to yourself. Procrastination, in many ways, is your brain sending you a message that perhaps your concept isn’t of great quality or your business procedures may be skewed. Consider all the details. If you are working with a client that is exceptionally difficult and you choose to procrastinate on their work on a regular basis, is this good for business? Simply listening to your brain can aid in creating a well-rounded and highly motivated workplace.
3. Don’t be afraid to delegate: It is no secret that procrastination is your body’s reaction to a clear disdain for whatever you are doing. When this happens on a continuous basis, consider delegating tasks to eliminate the risk of neglect. Time is money in the workplace and delegation will simply bring in a fresh and perhaps more motivated set of eyes to the task.
Procrastination may still have consistent negative connotations, but keep in mind that your procrastination may in fact be your brain’s way of telling you to take a step back and consider the factors associated. Don’t be afraid to stop working, think about the task at hand, listen to your gut and delegate when appropriate.
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