I'm procrastinating right now.
There are about five different things that I need to do at the moment. And I'm not doing any of them.
Instead of sorting out various work stuff, or writing the Friday Fics Fix post that I (hopefully) posted last Friday, I'm writing this.
Because procrastination can be productive. You can get more done by doing less.
In fact, it can help you juggle the 1.5 million things you have to do on any given day.
And you get to keep that seductive sense of skiving that comes with avoiding responsibility 😉
Little word of warning though my nerdlets: this works for me, but it won't necessarily work for everyone.
So, y'know, use your discretion and all that jazz.
Plus, maybe don't procrastinate in an emergency situation... Scratch that. DEFINITELY don't procrastinate in an emergency - sort that sh** out!
Hooman beans are fantabulous and largely mythical creatures.
As such their brains work in weird and wonderful ways.
As a hooman bean yourself*, no doubt you've noticed this.
*(Unless you're a Fair One or a cat. In which case, congrats on learning English and figuring out computers!)
As such, if you give yourself time to procrastinate, you can use that time to achieve other things on your 'to-do' list.
Perhaps your evil cupcake-related goals, or whatever else you might have going on.
(Like adulting. But adulting is boring. Boo, hiss, etc.)
And, as a bonus, your brain will keep working on the other stuff.
Yes, you read that correctly: YOUR BRAIN WILL KEEP WORKING ON OTHER STUFF WHILE YOU'RE PROCRASTINATING.
Weird, I know.
But it makes sense when you think about it.
When we were less evolved - either socially or biologically, pick your poison - we had to be able to focus on one thing while not losing sight of our other problems.
So we developed bad-a** subconscious thinking power.
And that bad-a** power can keep working even while we're totally relaxing.
As a bonus to our bonus, the whole 'relax and do something you enjoy' also helps us to process info. we've been taking in.
Which in turn allows us to work stuff out better when we're actually focussing on it.
Breaks are good for our brains. #Science.
Of course, this isn't fool-proof.
You can't leave ALL of the decisions and problem-solving to your subconscious (dammit!)
But if you're having trouble on a task, or have no idea where to start with it, deciding to go back to it later is a good move (time permitting, ofc.)
So, my darling nerdlets, what have we learned?
- You can avoid doing something you need to do by doing something else you need to do.
- Just don't avoid things too much. #ResponsibleAdvice
- Procrastination is not the enemy. (Adulting is 😉 - just kidding. #NoReallyI'mKidding #StillResponsible)
- Breaks are good for us in a variety of ways.
- You can get more stuff done by doing less.
Do you procrastinate? Do you fight it or embrace it? Talk to me! 😊💬