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Finding the Positive in Procrastination

Published on Wednesday, February 8, 2023

True to its title, this blog is a little late. So, what to do when something has been hanging over your head for a while and it feels heavy? Find the positivity and get. it. done. Like most professionals, I have to prioritize, and then re-prioritize a never-ending list on a daily basis. If you’re like me, procrastination isn’t a recent phenomenon, but learning how to maximize the value of procrastination is new. I just had to change my perspective.

Procrastination is often viewed as a negative habit that results in missed deadlines and lower productivity. However, there is a positive side to procrastination that is usually overlooked. Let’s change our perspective and check out the benefits of procrastination and why it can be a good thing.

Improved Creativity

When we procrastinate, we push off tasks and make time to think and brainstorm. This can lead to new ideas and improved creativity, which can be beneficial when it comes to problem-solving and coming up with new solutions. Instead of jumping task to task, the time allowed by procrastination allows for bigger picture thinking.

Better Prioritization

Procrastination can help us prioritize our tasks by forcing us to prioritize what is most important. When we have a deadline approaching, we are more likely to focus on the tasks that need to be completed first, rather than wasting time on tasks that are less important.

Increased Productivity

While it may seem counterintuitive, procrastination can actually increase productivity. Do you ever feel that when your plate is about to overflow, you’re at your best? When the deadline for the original task approaches, we are more focused and motivated to complete it quickly and efficiently.


Better Time Management

Procrastination can also help us better manage our time. When we have a deadline approaching, we are more likely to prioritize our time and make sure that we are using it efficiently.

Stress Relief

Procrastination can be a great way to relieve stress and take a break from the daily grind. When we put off a task, we allow ourselves to relax and recharge, which can increase our overall well-being.

Contrary to its reputation, procrastination isn’t always bad. While it can result in missed deadlines and lower productivity, it can also have positive benefits such as improved creativity, better prioritization, increased productivity, and better time management. So next time you find yourself procrastinating, try to see the positive and use it to your advantage.

rachel dicke
Rachel Dicke
Director of Client Success