Procrastination is the thief of time. It makes us become lazy, mindless creatures who will not ever succeed… says every article on the internet. Ladies and gentlemen, despite my better judgement, I have come with a confession. I am a long-standing procrastinator. What that means, is that I will put off every task I am given until later; not necessarily the last minute, but…. Wait, it’s mostly the last minute. Back to the subject.
I believe that over the years, procrastination has developed a rather negative connotation; too often it is associated with slackers who are too lazy to actually complete the task at hand. This personally offends me considering the fact that I am no slacker and just prefer to live my day more spontaneously and prefer short-term situations. So today, ladies and gentlemen, I am here to convince you that procrastination is not necessarily a negative thing; it often has very positive effects and is definitely not true to the negative reputation it has gained.
Procrastination is a very common habit: a study taken in 2014 showed that 80-85% of students procrastinate, with this figure rising to 95% in a 2017 study. As far as I am concerned, putting off a task until the next day isn’t exactly a bad thing. You have to consider the fact that I am pacing myself with the task, allowing my life to catch its breath in the process, thus, contrary to the popular belief, procrastination is allowing me to reduce my stress.
I have heard too many people saying they ‘suffer’ from procrastination, which is wrong for two reasons. One, seriously people, you aren’t going to head to a doctor and say:
‘Doctor, please help me, I’m suffering from procrastination’. Trust me, my cousin is a doctor, and I nearly got booted when I asked that, so clearly it isn’t a medical condition.
The second reason is more the result of poor time management. By spacing time out between tasks, we leave no time that is free to use away from that task.
I believe this can be expressed via the line: when in doubt, wait it out. People are very rushed these days, hurrying to finish every little task at hand to ‘enjoy’ free time, yet when they are done, the free time is boring and just used as idle hours of staring into space. Sometimes, the answers we need could slap us in the face and we wouldn’t notice, so they wait for us to shut up, sit down and be at peace of mind. Stop working worthlessly, sit silently and enjoy your time enthusiastically, because later, the task will be so much easier.
This brings me back to the benefits of procrastination. By procrastinating, people are able to maximise the resting period and any little free time they have and enjoy it, rather than using it mindlessly. By putting one task off, it is much more beneficial to one’s health to just forget about the task for a little while and relax. As long as the task is able to be completed at a later date before the deadline, there is no reason not to wait and do so.