How to make procrastination work for you

How to make procrastination work for you

None of us are strangers to the undertakings of procrastination. It can be a slippery slope that sets us up for failure. But not anymore. As with all negative traits, there is potential to turn them into advantages through personal development and transformation.

Procrastination might have plagued you before in very negative ways. But you shouldn’t allow that word to bother you anymore. Take back the power of the word and use it to your benefit. There are several ways that you can use procrastination to meet work goals and deadlines. Explore a brand-new version of making procrastination work for you.

  1. Embrace the term procrastination

    Procrastination is not a word that equals failure. It’s much more positive than we give it credit for. Those who procrastinate are able to identify which tasks hold more personal value. From there, they make decisions about which tasks take priority. This behavior leads to a more fulfilling lifestyle. Once upon a time procrastination was seen as weakness, however, now it has found a place among compassionate qualities like tolerance and well-being. By embracing the term, procrastinators can remove the shame they once felt and begin to live again, albeit a little behind schedule.

  2. Find the foundation of your procrastination

    Understanding why procrastination happens in the first place can help find better habits for accomplishing tasks. The psychology of procrastination offers plenty of insights.

    Start with a few questions

    • When a deadline is set, what feelings surface?
    • Is this feeling connected to a past memory?
    • What do you need to help push you into action and away from procrastination?
    • What fears do you have about completing the project? Or not completing it?

    Write down your feelings to make them concrete

    Then review them as soon as possible. Talking with a close friend or trusted colleague can also shape a new view of yourself in relation to procrastination.

  3. Embrace the idea of being a procrastinator

    Often times procrastinating means you’re highly ambitious and overly optimistic. It means that you believe in yourself and your capabilities so strongly that you have a hard time saying no and even push into last minute projects. You are confident about managing stress and pressure in order to accomplish tasks at the last minute. That’s extremely powerful. Own that.

  4. Be bold enough to say no

    Saying no can be the best solution. Over-committing leads to delaying the inevitable of full plate syndrome. Instead of saying yes to everyone, take a moment. Ask yourself how full your plate is. Evaluate what you’ve already committed to and what you’ve already accomplished. If there are more unfinished tasks, the best option is to turn down new ones. Only accept projects you can handle. And don’t sign-up for more until you have successfully completed what’s been given.

  5. Check-in with yourself

    Write down small daily goals and stick to them. This will foster more commitment and follow-through. This is a good way to curb procrastination while building a better relationship with time and tasks.