What’s common between Steve Jobs, Da Vinci, and Martin Luther King Jr.?
So how many of the 12 things were you able to tick off from the list I sent you?
Umm…I’m sure at least seven.
You know how many I completed? The round shape number with a black hole hidden in its white shiny surface…ahem…ZERO.
I was livid about my procrastination while eating a large pizza last night. How could I do this? Given my anger hadn’t relented, I washed down my meal with 4 Gulab Jamuns.
And, after wrapping up my meal, I thought of using my pent-up anger to drive some serious goal kicking action. So I immediately jumped into bed and started thinking why we procrastinate. Does it ever help? Could there be a silver lining?
This led me to find out that mild dose of procrastination is actually good.Confirmation bias, eh?
I found out that the world wouldn’t have heard “I have a dream” speech if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hadn’t procrastinated.
What!? Yes! Unreal, right? I know. Even Steve Jobs was known as an epic procrastinator.
If you want to use the constraint of procrastination and produce stellar work then read on-
But, Wait. First, why procrastinators procrastinate?
Watch this profound and hilarious TED Talk by Tim Urban to know the why-
How to use mild procrastination to produce great work
Just to make procrastinator’s case strong, here’s an interesting case study – How Leonardo Da Vinci used it to paint Mona Lisa.
So, once you develop faith in your procrastinator alter-ego, you can go watch Adam Grant’s famous TED Talk where he tells why he taught himself to be a mild procrastinator.
Wait…It’s really not that great in the Procrastination Land
I know the above TED talks got your eyes and ears, but wait! You can’t procrastinate forever. Sure it can boost your creativity a little but learn how to beat procrastination if you are always caught up in an endless lazy loop.
So anything due anytime soon? Maybe, waiting a few days might help. Or, maybe not 🙂 Whatever level of procrastination you choose, just don’t become a chronic procrastinator.
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