Procrastinating….Good or Bad?

We are often taught that procrastination is a bad, bad thing.  Most feel it results in a lot of wasted time, lost opportunities and even stress.  It often hits when you realize that something that is due tomorrow has not yet been started.  There are those that feel that it can help you make better, stronger decisions, be more creative and weed out unnecessary tasks.  What do you think?

Here are some thoughts from experts in the field:

YES:

A. Grant says “Procrastination feels terrible. if you choose what is easy and fun today, there is a good chance that tomorrow you’ll be stuck in a playground where the air is poisoned by anxiety, guilt and despair.

Procrastination is a normal part of the creative process.  It occurs when you haven’t figured out the right solution to a problem – or the right problem to solve.  Apple co-founder Steve Jobs procrastinated all of the time.  Martin Luther King didn’t begin writing his speech until the night before.  Aaron Sorkin says “You call it procrastination.”  I call it thinking.”

NO:

E Lombardo says: Research shows procrastination is associated with increased long-term physical stress, weaker performance, greater likelihood of illness and insomnia, less happiness and less wealth.

Procrastination is associated with an all-or-nothing mindset:  “It will be terrible to do, so I won’t even start” or a perfectionistic “It’s not perfect, so I cannot finish.”  Both perspectives can impede work and life functioning, as well as interactions with family, friends and co-workers.  In fact, relationship strain is common among those who chronically procrastinate.

How do you feel about procrastination?  Leave comment below.

xoxo, Rosanna
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