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Why procrastination could be an indication of your perfect career


There’s a famous quote that states that ‘procrastination is the thief of time’, but what if it is actually carrying some useful information that we need to pay attention to instead? Here we explore if procrastination is actually helping us to identify our perfect career.

Forget the stigma

For a long time, procrastination hasn’t been looked upon fondly by the more professional of us. We see it as laziness, and feel shameful and anxious when we catch ourselves putting off tasks and delaying getting things done. [The best tools for time management] It never used to be seen this way though. In ancient times, procrastination was a highly valued skill. According to the Greek and Roman academics, leaving things till the last minute allowed us to think for as long a time as possible about the task at hand, and the limited time to complete it encouraged creativity and resourcefulness due to the added pressure.

Think before you act

The Greeks and Romans however were only talking about one type of procrastination. Active procrastination, where you prioritise less mentally stimulating errands and jobs, can be a positive thing. You get things done as well as having more time to ruminate on your bigger projects. Passive procrastination, a more commonly recognised form, involves a complete lack of thinking and doing. It’s when we slump in front of the telly, or scroll endlessly through our social network time-lines. We might not have much to focus on, but we are less motivated to think about what we’re putting off compared to when we’re active. If you’re a notorious procrastinator, instead of feeling guilty, make use of the time to do other things and keep active. You’ll be more likely to keep what you’re delaying in your mind. It’s worth procrastinating if you’re still thinking, and could also prove to be the best idea in the long run. Putting off decisions could stop you rushing them, and contrary to popular belief, sometimes putting off unappealing jobs could mean they actually do disappear and save you your efforts.

How do you procrastinate?

If you fit the category of active procrastinator, then you’re actually a productive person. You just have a less methodical way of working. If you fit the category of passive procrastinator, you might want to observe what you do. It could prove interesting. Watching telly and being on the laptop are just two ways to get distracted, but sometimes passive procrastinators put things off to concentrate on things they enjoy instead. For example, you are an accountant who needs to balance the books of a business. It’s a tedious task and you find yourself writing on your blog instead. To procrastinate further, you put even more effort into writing it. You check the spelling and grammar thoroughly. You look at the phrasing on certain sentences for long periods of time. What could this indicate? It would suggest you should move away from accounts and into a writing career. If you clearly have the passion and drive for something else, why waste your time staying where you are? Pursue what interests you rather than settling for something. We all make bad decisions in life, it doesn’t mean we have to stick by them. If anything, that can be risky, if it means you procrastinate in this way. If you are unsure of what drives you then download our free eBook from the experts who help you to find your inner potential through simple reflective exercises.


This article was contributed by Pink Moods.

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