Are You a Master Procrastinator? If so, I’ve Got Something for You…
If you have a problem with procrastination, then I’d like to introduce you to positive procrastination. My article is not needlessly long — you can easily implement this today! Positive procrastination allows you to still procrastinate the big tasks but doing it positively by completing little tasks. I’m going to show exactly what it is, how you can put it into practice and get the benefits! This is different from anything else you’ve read on procrastination or productivity because we’re not trying to fix anything, instead, we’re adjusting it to fit our lives.
1 — What is positive procrastination?
Positive procrastination is something I started to do naturally; before completing any school work I would procrastinate until the very end — but I couldn’t bear the feeling you get from procrastination. That depressing empty pit of disappointment and laziness in your stomach. So I would fill that void by completing lots of smaller tasks which I had no problem in doing as they were not nearly as bad as the big task I was avoiding. My smaller tasks were things like cleaning, reading, and any other odd bits I had to do that tend to fill up your to-do list. As well, once you get going doing your smaller tasks, you then typically feel up to completing the big task — it’s a bit like stretching before the gym.
2 — Develop your list
There are many ways to do this — as a rudimentary guide I recommend organising your to-do list into two main categories; big and small. So, now you’ve got a list you can effectively use to implement this strategy. Every time you are not feeling up to a big task, and you would normally procrastinate, you can now instead, procrastinate positively by completing your smaller tasks. Your brain will be happy to do it as it sees the completion of, say cleaning, as a way out of your big task which is more daunting.
3 — Minimise obstacles
This technique only works if you minimise the distractions around you — only you can answer what your distractions are. As a corollary to the to-do list, I would suggest the innovative ‘not-to-do list’ — it’s something I use to make sure I’m staying on track. My not-to-do list included; Tetris, TV, perfectionism and Youtube. So, I minimise these obstacles that are in the way of my positive procrastination. Develop your own not-to-do list and make sure that you’re either making your way through those big tasks — or procrastinating with the smaller ones.
In summary, if you take 10 minutes out of your day to develop your lists then you will be ready to go with this. If you have doubt in this technique then try it for a week, document what you achieve. Your productivity will improve tenfold. In addition, I started out doing this daily, after a few months I now don’t generally need this technique as I am now usually ready to get straight into a big task. I hope the same for you too — this idea does work and you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done. Thank you very much for reading and I wish you all future success.