Become a Better Procrastinator
One of my words for 2017 is purposeful. To me, this means spending my time more wisely and being more intentional about my actions.
As much as I’d love to spend every waking moment of my year engaged in meaningful tasks, the fact of the matter is that it’s not realistic, because, like all people, I get sidetracked from time to time.
I’m sure you’ve been there, too: where you could feel the weight of your to-do lists looming. But, instead of getting to work, you decided to do something else (like scroll through Facebook for the tenth time that hour). This, my friends, is what we all know and love as procrastination.
Procrastination is usually synonymous with wasting time. However, it doesn’t always have to be that way.
What if we procrastinated with intention?
Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Hear me out for a moment.
Procrastination is inevitable. Even on our best days, our minds tend to wander. If we’re stuck doing the same thing for too long, we get bored and search for something else to entertain us.
Instead of procrastinating in ways that waste time (like scrolling through social media or binge-watching a show), procrastinate better by doing something that brings you joy.
Engaging in activities that make you happy is never a waste of time. Also, generally speaking, these activities are usually more productive ways to spend our time. They are things that fuel our souls and make us better human beings.
For example, today, I told myself I was going to write for at least 1 hour. When it came time to get to work, I wanted nothing to do with writing. So, I procrastinated by reading a few chapters of Wild while taking a warm bubble bath. Reading is something that never fails to inspire my writer’s brain, so when I was finished relaxing in the tub, I emerged with a newfound sense of motivation. I went on to make significant progress on my writing project.
While I was procrastinating, I managed to get some reading done (which is never a waste of time), while simultaneously gaining motivation to complete my daily goal. Sounds like time well-spent, doesn’t it? Purposeful. Procrastination.
Here are a few ways you can purposefully procrastinate:
- Read a chapter in a book.
- Go for a walk.
- Call your parents and catch up.
- Research something you’re interested in.
- Connect with a friend.
- Try something new.
It’s impossible to go through life without wasting a little time every now and then. So, just make sure you waste it well. After all, “time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time at all.”