It would be very rare to come across any society or community that sees chronic procrastination as a good thing. All over the world, procrastination is universally vilified as a trait to be eliminated.
As a matter of fact, there are so many articles written on the subject. It is likely you’ve come across several of them. The titles all seem to get inspiration from the same side of the procrastination coin.
If it is not something like, ‘7 way to Avoid Procrastination‘, or ‘Why Procrastination is Bad for You.’ it is ‘See the 13 ways chronic Procrastination can destroy your life‘ and so on.
To be sure, Procrastination is not a good thing. And when it’s become chronic, it is even worse.
On the other side of the coin though, what if your problem is chronic procrastination which is like an incurable addiction? And nothing you did has ever done any good as far as breaking away from that habit is concerned?
Your next best option is to heed the advice that says, ‘If you can’t beat them, join them.‘ Though, in this case, it should be something like, ‘Since you can’t beat it, use it.‘
You are now turning a weakness on its head to your advantage. It is another way of saying; you can use chronic procrastination to make your life more productive.
Here are some of the benefits of chronic procrastination to help you turn a negative habit into a useful resource.
1. Adrenaline Rush
The common denominator about people who procrastinate a lot is leaving important tasks till the last moment before attending to it.
Another common fact is this, with the looming deadline approaching, procrastinators suddenly get off their lazy butts and rush to meet the deadline.
Just like the ‘egg-vs.-chicken-who-comes-first‘ situation, the thought of the deadline pumps adrenaline into your system. Or while anxiously rushing to do the task, adrenaline is released into your body.
Whichever ones come first, the fact is the adrenaline would initiate the production of energy.
Apart from using this energy to finish the task, you can also use it to complete other important jobs too. This is the time to put in as much work as possible because your body is primed to do just about anything
2. Procrastination would teach you how to focus
This is another important advantage of chronic procrastination.
Having to wait until the last minute before you execute a task means you have no choice but to focus on the task at hand. And with time, you’d learn how to do jobs with precision in as little time as possible.
One of the benefits of this complete focus is that you’d discover that so many things you love doing are actually not that important.
This is the time talking on the phone, browsing the net, checking your social media would take a back seat.
And guess what? The sky would not fall and you won’t miss anything important.
3. Other tasks become easier to dispense of
Chronic procrastination is all about avoiding something for as long as possible. So while you are avoiding that one important task, you are likely to want to justify the time wasted not doing it.
The best way to justify that time wasted is to do other assignments you might consider easier to execute. Unconsciously, you are preparing perfect excuses for not doing the main job; in case somebody decides to ask why you haven’t completed the main assignment given to you.
Before you know it, you have only one thing left to do on your plate: and of course, you have to do it whether you like it or not.
4. Your expectations become realistic
People procrastinate for various reasons. One of these is the fear factor.
The fear of not being up to the task can freeze you in your tracks unable to do anything initially. Your will to work only thaws when the deadline is approaching.
With that in mind, considering the limited time at your disposable, you are not under pressure to do the job perfectly. Your expectations are finely tuned to just completing the task.
The fear of failure or not doing the job impeccably is relegated to the background.
And besides, if anybody complains about the shoddy job execution, you already have the ready-made excuse of lack of enough time.
5. You get kudos for hard work
This is one of the unintended benefits of chronic procrastination.
It’s normal for people to check on the progress of their work close to the time they expect the job completed. The good thing here is, as a procrastinator, that is the time you are hard at work.
This gives whoever is checking on the progress of the work the impression you are a hard worker. After all, what they see is a completely focused individual doing all he/she can to get a task completed.
Of course, they had no idea you spend a big chunk of that time dithering over non-important things.
Though these are the ways chronic procrastination can work to your benefit, the best course is to break the habit. Because, sometimes, even with careful strategy, things can go horribly wrong for you.
Do you procrastinate a lot? Tell us how it has affected your life and how you are dealing with it in the comments section below.