I’m not here to recommend cliche techniques that work for 5% of the population. In fact, many guides on how to stop procrastinating actually have the reverse effect of strengthening avoidance behaviors.
That’s what makes this guide different. Techealthiest’s Procrastinator’s Guide will ACTUALLY teach you how to stop procrastinating.
However, before we get into the nuts and bolts of overcoming procrastination, I must start with an important point about being a procrastinator…
Procrastination Tip: Embrace the Role of the Procrastinator If You’re Struggling Not to Be One
If you’re struggling with procrastination, then chances are you have to deal with some degree of self-loathing or identity discomfort around being a “procrastinator.”
The trick is to see the value in being a procrastinator. Otherwise, the negative self-talk that occurs in moments when procrastinating has caused you to suffer will only promote more avoidance and procrastination in the future.
There’s been a recent change in the way the field of mental health relates to the notion of procrastination. It’s not viewed as such a horrible thing.
In fact, the function, or value, of procrastinating behaviors has been celebrated now more than ever.
What does this mean?
It means that in the context of your life, procrastination has served a functional purpose.
Why You Should Be Proud to Be a Procrastinator
Here are some reasons why procrastinators rock:
- Procrastination gives you the chance to make the best decision possible. Even if you feel like you’re not getting an important task done, you’re still plotting and planning the best way to do it, which often takes a little extra time. In fact, most wisdom is derived from slow and deliberate rounds of procrastination. The key is to combine procrastination with reflection and not just pure hedonism.
- If you’re good at compartmentalizing the mental pain associated with avoiding a task AND you’re not abusing alcohol or drugs to accomplish this, then you’re probably enjoying yourself a bit more than many people. The extra four hours game playing or web browsing can be awesome if you’re totally zoned into the pleasure it offers. However, you have to be prepared for how avoidance makes you feel afterward.
- Active procrastination is an AMAZING quality because it still leads to productivity. Active procrastinators get many other things done in the process of avoiding one task. Would you have gotten so many other things done if you weren’t in procrastination mode?
- Procrastination promotes creativity. For many people, the act of procrastinating grants them the time and mental space to think creatively.
- Procrastination helps you avoid making impulsive mistakes when you react without thinking things through. So many people suffer as a result of not letting ideas incubate.
Some of the most talented, inspiring and intelligent people I know are also the biggest procrastinators I know.
The key is to embrace the title of procrastinator as much as you loathe it. Again, the more self-hatred procrastination generates, the more you’ll procrastinate in the future.
How Procrastinators Choose to Procrastinate
I will say that the X factor here is whether or not you’re an active or passive procrastinator. This will determine how productive it will be for you to embrace procrastination as part of your personal identity.
So if you’ve decided to avoid a big work or school project, a phone call or financial issue, make sure you channel your avoidant energy into some other productive activity that will leave you with a sense of accomplishment. Otherwise, I would recommend striving to turn procrastination into an active process.