Is Procrastination As Evil As It’s Made Out To Be?

Is delaying work out of stress really that harmful to productivity?

Stressed out about being stressed out over that assignment’s due date as it floats nearer with every passing second? Or your work? Or maybe something as simple as making a telephone call to your relative?

If you’ve been delaying any task for quite some time now, you, my friend, are a victim of the procrastination fairy’s evil spell. Quite literally, procrastination can be defined as the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the last minute – whether it be a task as huge as writing your term paper or as little as doing your laundry; if you’re postponing a task out of dread, fear or any other emotion, you have been prolonging your misery and lowering your productivity levels – or at least that’s what they say.

The question is, is procrastination really that bad?

If you ask this author, she would respond with a simple no. It’s made out to be the king of all evils, right up there next to the seven deadly sins but it’s really not quite what it’s made out to be. Take an example out of this author’s life; when she’s not writing articles to enter all of you, she does feel a certain twinge of regret and guilt at skipping out work but wouldn’t it be better for her to write when she wants rather than when she’s absolutely required to.

Maybe, sticking to deadlines means that sometimes this author will write articles that don’t tax her brain just to avoid procrastination but the quality of the content will be lowered and this author will still feel guilty at having botched her job. Isn’t it just better to complete tasks when you actually feel like doing them in the first place because you’re more likely to concentrate on the work at hand and perform to your full potential?

Would you prefer tepid articles written to avoid procrastination or quality, creative content that comes straight from the heart, even if it comes late?

You’ll often observe that procrastination is born out of your desire to give your ultimate best to the task at hand (yes, even when it comes to calling your relative!) and is, therefore, a response that is elicited by the constant nagging of your desire to be absolutely perfect. And why shouldn’t you desire to be so? A task is best performed when your heart is in giving it your best, not when you drag your mind through the mud just to avoid the guilt of delaying a task!

Therefore, procrastination isn’t really all that evil – often you’ll find that the tasks that you perform under this stress are better done than those you performed on time since there is nothing motivating you, no, pushing you to give your best and complete it. So go watch Netflix, binge-eat and lay around, simmering slowly in your guilt as you avoid even looking at the research paper you’re supposed to complete.

Take heart though, you’ll still make your way out of this complicated block and do your best, even if it is at the last minute.


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