The famous words of Scarlett O’Hara in the final moments of Gone With The Wind have been the anchor for procrastinators everywhere: “I’ll worry about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.” Some things, as we know, are better left for another day. SOMETIMES, the best thing to do is to put off until tomorrow….
So, with the help of Success magazine, Psychology Today and the people at Creative Flow, and to remove guilt by procrastination, here are 7 good reasons to procrastinate.
1. It’s advanced scheduling. Intentionally postponing an event or deadline is not always negative. Many times, in fact, it is a positive step towards the rearranging of goal and/or schedules. Let’s call it creative rescheduling.
2. Find out Why. Ask yourself, “why am I putting this off?” Most of the time we can find valid reasons for the moving of an event/deadline. Identifying your why helps you be non judgmental with yourself. It is when we do so in a negative manner (fear, avoidance) that we run into problems.
3. No Guilt. Guilt is one of our top non-productive emotions, so chuck it to the sidelines.
4. Do Something Else. Reinforce your wonderfulness by completing some other task (usually a simple one helps) and you’ll position yourself away from guilt.
5. Deadlines Are Time Frames. Make sure you understand what a deadline really is. If I have until June 1 to do something, that means I have until June 1 to do it. Just because I might wait until May 29 to begin doesn’t make me a bad person.
6. Creativity Unblocked. Studies show that when people don’t have to do something they don’t really want to do (put it off) they are free to explore the things they actually want to do and creativity is enhanced.
7. You don’t have to do it right now. Enough said!