Moderate Procrastination is Good

Here’s a snippet of my life. As I found myself in front of my computer, not typing anything, or not programming anything, I would usually get up, and do some dishes, or laundry, or I would go out for a walk. When I came back, I would feel refreshed, my head was clear, and I would start typing like a crazy lady.

The person I was sharing my life with back then, was so focused on generating money that whenever I got up to do the dishes, or do simple house chores in the apartment, he would react by saying those things were not important. I shouldn’t waste my time doing them, and I should go back to work instead, be productive, and make some money.

Those remarks started to make me feel guilty when I was taking a break from my work, unproductive me! It made me feel like I was a lazy girl. I even felt bad doing the dishes… I thought I was such a procrastinator, and I was!

But here’s the thing. Moderate procrastinators are more creative. Adam Grant’s did an experiment where people were asked to generate business ideas. Some of them were asked to do the task right away, and others had to procrastinate for either 5 or 10 minutes by playing a game. It turned out that the people who procrastinated had the most creative ideas.

In order for moderate procrastination to work, you need to know what to do first, to understand the task at hand. The incubating period is what makes you more creative. Indeed, procrastination is deadly for productivity, but it gives life to creativity.

So next time someone tells you you’re procrastinating, or you think you are doing the deed, remember that you’re not procrastinating, you are exercising your creativity.

Do you moderately procrastinate, and does that make you feel guilty? 

P.S.: I know you have a good head, but I want to make sure that you will not use these findings to use procrastination as an excuse to not do your work!!! Here’s how you can beat procrastination.

Your Self Image is Who You Are

Your self-image is how you see yourself. It’s also all the things you believe you are and what you think you can do. It won’t be a surprise then if I tell you that your self-image commands your emotions and actions.

Believe you’re a lazy couch potato, and you are. Believe you are strong, and full of energy, and you will be. Change your beliefs about your self-image, change your life.

Those who don’t have a positive self-image seem to have trained to see only the nasty little faults in their appearance, in their thinking, or in their behaviour. They’re disappointed in how they look, what they say, or when they do something they believe is stupid.

Knowing Where You Stand

I know I struggle with the way I treat myself. It even makes feel hesitant to express and assert myself. I sometimes think I fail to take on opportunities, live incredible experiences, and even feel helpless about changing small and big things in my life. I need to draw out an incredible amount of courage and energy to believe I’m good enough, strong enough, and that I deserve the good things in life. Altho I know exactly where it comes from, I find it incredibly hard to change.

Practice Positive Self-Image

It takes time to develop a positive self-image, but the efforts should be wonderfully compensated. As research shows, people with a positive self-image focus on growth and improvement, and people with a more negative self-image focus on not making mistakes.

While doing research for this post, I found many resources that describe how to achieve a positive self-image. In theory, it looks fairly easy, but most of the articles have so many steps that I’m currently paralyzed. I don’t know where to start.

So for now, I’m simply acknowledging I have a not so positive self-image. When I find my next step, I’ll share it with you, and you can share yours with me too. In the mean time, have you also struggledwith your self-image?