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Can Productive Procrastination Be Useful?

Hey everyone, welcome back to the blog! In my latest video on my YouTube channel, I went through the cons of productive procrastination and how you can overcome it. So, if you haven’t watched it already, you can check it out here. And as promised, in today’s post I will be discussing whether or not productive procrastination can be useful.

The short answer is yes. Productive procrastination CAN be beneficial if used strategically. But let us do a bit of recapping. What is productive procrastination?

It is defined as,

“Keeping yourself occupied with tasks that are not of high value impact.”

I know you’re probably thinking. “Tia, if that is the definition of productive procrastination then how can it be useful!?”

Just hear me out. At times, you will get a bit tired of working on those high value tasks and want to take a break. Taking the occasional break is super important, but this can be done in many ways. You can take a break and work on your low value activities that don’t necessarily effect the most change to your overarching goal but they still need to be done.

These tasks may include:

  • checking and responding to emails
  • updating your social media pages
  • scheduling meetings

And these tasks usually take little to no brain power to accomplish. It’s a win win situation.

There are other tasks that you can get done during your work breaks to be productive while procrastinating such as:

  • read a book
  • stretch
  • make your favorite drink (I am a huge coffee fan, comment “same” if you are too!)
  • do a bit of cleaning up
  • watch a YouTube video (You should definitely check out my channel for more videos on productivity)

The list can go on and on. But what you should bear in mind when it comes to productive procrastination is that you want to do activities that add value of some sort to your day. Do activities that you actually want to get done.

Ease your way into it.

Another way in which productive procrastination can be useful is when you are not the most motivated to work on your high value tasks (the tasks that do effect the most change toward your overarching goal). Starting off with your low value tasks can help you ease into the work day. At times, seeing items being ticked off your list will help to motivate you and give you some momentum in your work day. This way, once you keep going, you’ll eventually work your way up to those larger and more demanding tasks.

Now with that said, I want you to listen carefully. Productive procrastination should not be what you resolve to every single time you feel a bit tired of your high value activities. Sometimes you need to beat your body into submission, disciplining yourself to get the work done even when you don’t want to.

The Word of God puts it beautifully in 1 Corinthians 9:27.

I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. – 1 Corinthians 9:27

To end, I just want to encourage you to continue making the most of your God given time. Do not put off for tomorrow what can be done today. Do not let laziness or fear rob you of your time. Use it wisely.

And on that note, thank you so much for reading the blog. It means the world to have your support. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to be notified every time a new blog post is published.

Talk soon,

Tia Thompson

Psst… Are you still here? Well you might as well leave a comment and then check out my previous post on what it is like being a Christian entrepreneur.

Okay, bye!

2 Comments

  • Soyini Warner

    Thanks for the tips! I love ticking off the little things but truthfully it’s not the means to the major end goal, so I definitely agree with you on not camping out in PP land. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to the next post. ^_^

    • tiathompson

      Aww, thank you so much Soyini! And YES, you definitely don’t want to make productive procrastination an everyday thing. Glad it helped! New post coming soon, stay close to your inbox! 🙂

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