Embrace Procrastination

It’s true: some of us are just more prone to slack off.  Typically, that’s viewed as a bad thing.  But, it doesn’t have to be all bad.  Maybe we should just accept the fact that we’re going to slack off, despite our best efforts.  To compensate for our resistance to work, Jason Womack at Davidco believes that we should slack off with things that are more beneficial to our lives.

If you are the kind of person who procrastinates, find another way, or other ways, to procrastinate that are more effective, more efficient, and more inspiring. I can only tell you how many times I’ve returned from a quick walk down the block to get back my desk and power through an important letter or tougher section of an article I was writing!

I guess the argument could be made that instead of trying to actively avoid work, maybe we should focus our efforts on something else worthwhile to help invigorate us. Sound familiar?

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  • Barbra Sundquist November 24, 2006, 2:46 am

    Glad you liked the resource, Glen.

  • glen November 22, 2006, 11:55 am

    Barbara,
    You’re right, there’s a reason why we procrastinate in the first place. Our subconscious may be telling us we really shouldn’t be doing it anyway. Great resource link!

  • Jason Womack November 22, 2006, 10:51 am

    Hey…I spoke a “little” bit more about these kinds of topics over on this interview at Radio Ojai: http://www.radioojai.com/

    Thanks for linking to the blog…I’m happy to share more of these ideas with readers all over!

  • Barbra Sundquist November 22, 2006, 1:08 am

    p.s. of course, there are some things we procrastinate on that do need to get done. In this article on fear-based procrastination I provide some suggestions on how to set up your environment to “trick yourself” into getting things done.

  • Barbra Sundquist November 22, 2006, 1:04 am

    This is a refreshing suggestion. I think that often the things we procrastinate on are things that we should seriously consider deleting from our life. For example, filing. Three years ago I moved offices, and because I was in a hurry when packing I just dumped all my unfiled stuff into a big plastic tote. Well, guess what? that paper is still in the plastic tote and I haven’t had a need to look at any of it. Same concept could work with all sorts of drudgery. Just get rid of it!