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Is there a Good way to procrastinate?

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Putting off tasks is generally seen as a bit of a bad habit, despite most of us leaning on our procrastinating skills at times. But is there a difference between wasting time on things like endlessly scrolling through TikTok and Instagram, and doing something more valuable like reading books, and articles, or watching educational podcasts, instead of the task we should be doing?

In both cases, you’re still avoiding what you should be doing, often because of fear of failure or the dread of a difficult task. However, I think if you’re going to procrastinate, it’s much better to read a book than to spend hours scrolling on your phone.

This raises an interesting question, does the quality of our procrastination matter? If we shift our procrastination toward enriching and educational activities, it might not be as harmful and could even be beneficial in the long run.

What do you think? Do you feel less guilty or more productive when you engage in meaningful activities while procrastinating? Do you have any strategies to balance procrastination and productivity? Share your thoughts and experiences!

Perfecting Procrastination: Turning a Bad Habit into a Positive Practice

Putting off tasks is generally seen as a bit of a bad habit, despite most of us relying on our procrastination skills at times. But is there a difference between wasting time on things like endlessly scrolling through TikTok and Instagram, and doing something more valuable like reading books and articles, or watching educational podcasts, instead of the task we should be doing?

In both cases, you’re still avoiding what you should be doing, often because of fear of failure or the dread of a difficult task. However, I think if you’re going to procrastinate, it’s much better to read a book than to spend hours scrolling on your phone.

This raises an interesting question: does the quality of our procrastination matter? If we shift our procrastination towards enriching and educational activities, it might not be as harmful or beneficial in the long run.

Strategies for Perfect Procrastination

  1. Educational Content Consumption:
    • Books and Articles: Dive into topics that interest you or are relevant to your career. This can improve your knowledge base and spark creativity.
    • Podcasts and Documentaries: These are great for learning new concepts and can be more engaging than traditional reading.
  2. Skill Development:
    • Online Courses: Platforms like Coursera or Udemy offer courses in various fields. Procrastinate productively by learning a new skill or language.
    • Creative Hobbies: Engage in activities like drawing, writing, or playing a musical instrument. These can be fulfilling and mentally stimulating.
  3. Physical Activity:
    • Exercise: Use procrastination as a time to get active. Go for a walk, do some yoga, or hit the gym. Physical activity can boost your mood and energy levels.
    • Mindfulness Practices: Meditation or deep-breathing exercises can reduce stress and improve focus.
  4. Organise and Plan:
    • Declutter Your Space: Tidying up your workspace can make you feel more in control and ready to tackle tasks later.
    • Set Goals: Use this time to reassess your goals and plan your next steps. This can give you a clearer direction when you return to your main tasks.

Reflecting on Your Procrastination

  • Guilt-Free Procrastination: Engaging in meaningful activities can help you feel less guilty about procrastinating. You’re still being productive in a different way.
  • Mindful Procrastination: Be aware of why you’re procrastinating. Understanding your reasons can help you address the root causes and find better ways to manage your time.

Balancing Procrastination and Productivity

  • Scheduled Breaks: Plan your procrastination. Allocate specific times for these enriching activities so they don’t completely derail your productivity.
  • Task Prioritisation: Focus on high-priority tasks first and use procrastination activities as a reward for completing important work.

Share Your Thoughts

What do you think? Do you feel less guilty or more productive when you engage in meaningful activities while procrastinating? Do you have any strategies to balance procrastination and productivity? Share your thoughts and experiences!

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Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specialising in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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