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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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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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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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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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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 proc...

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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 yo...

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“Structured procrastination” is a clever way to stay productive even while you procrastinate. Procrastinating doesn't mean you are doing absolutely nothing.

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“Positive” Procrastination

At the top of your to-do list, put a couple of daunting, if not impossible, tasks that are vaguely important-sounding (but really aren’t) and seem to have deadlines (but really don’t). 

Then, farther down the list, include some doable tasks that really matter.

Fight Procastination!

Fight Procastination!

Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into.

Procrastination usually involves ignoring an unpleasant, but likely more important task, in favor of one that is more enjoyable or easier.


Step 1: Recognize That You're Procrastinating

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