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Can Productive Procrastination Be A Useful Tool?

Can Productive Procrastination Be A Useful Tool?

Procrastination is that urge to distract yourself from important tasks. Productive procrastination is a nice way to tell yourself that you're not really procrastinating because you're still being productive in some way.


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Using Procrastination to Your Advantage

Using Procrastination to Your Advantage

  • Smaller Tasks: Break your project into bite-sized pieces using task analysis. Re-ordering your tasks or jumping between can help to move the process along.
  • Establishing Structure: "Unnecessary" but important tasks help you stay motivated without forcing your attention on something you just can't focus on.
  • Reducing Stress: Procrastination leads to stress, which takes a toll on mental health and, in turn, productivity. If you feel like you're still being productive because you're at least checking off something, you're helping to reduce the risk of heightened stress.


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Controlling Productive Procrastination

Controlling Productive Procrastination

Monitor Your Time

The key to using productive procrastination to your advantage is to keep it under control. Keep the miscellaneous tasks under half an hour


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Don't get started on a whole new project!

Don't get started on a whole new project!

Keep Tasks Simple

  • Stick to a routine
  • Keep your focus on a relevant area
  • Find accountability partners
  • Avoid falling into old habits


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Sometimes the best use of your time is to do nothing

Sometimes the best use of your time is to do nothing

Take Breaks

Take the time to recharge and completely turn your mind away from your obligations once or twice a day. This helps reduce stress and improve your outlook on the day.


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A Word of Caution

A Word of Caution

Productive procrastination is a quality tool when used in moderation. But don't give “meaningless” tasks the role of being productive just because you want to feel better about how you’re using your time.

It’s a good practice to adjust your productivity shortcomings and acknowledge the procrastination traps you commonly fall into. Stay structured, find a system that works for you, and be honest about your mental capacity each day.


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