Monday, September 04, 2017

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Leaving Things Till The Last Minute


Quote of the day: 

Tomorrow is promised to no one. Prioritize today accordingly.  -Gina Greenlee




Why do we put things off till the very last minute?  The idea that we can prolong doing something only buys us time up until when it's convenient for us. But in the end the very benefit leaves a sour taste when we are swamped and hard pressed for time. We rush, make last minute attempts at survival, clawing at straws in a whirlpool which we could have avoided. But is procrastination such a terrible thing? It can be if it becomes a way of life. Late to get up, late for meetings, late to pick up things, late to pay bills, and so on can make you look untrustworthy, and people will be forced to look at you dubiously.

Something always seems more interesting than doing the right thing at the right time. You perception of time is distorted and we imagine that we put something off till the last minute -and use that last minute to complete. According to Nishan Panwar: 'Running away from a problem only increases the distance from the solution. But time comes soon enough, the chicks come home to roost so to speak and your underlying misconception becomes exposed. There are times when procrastination is good as it helps you prioritize things, and apparently can make you more creative. American Professor Adam Grant who is a psychologist and author argues that creative people tend to procrastinate more and he believes we should make more time to procrastinate as a way to fuel creativity.

On the other hand what if you prefer getting things done quicker than necessary? Research from Pennsylvania University documents a phenomenon referred to as 'precrastination' which is as a tendency to hastily get tasks done in order to get them over with. This makes sense as who wouldn't want a reduction in their workloads? You can say precrastination is like breathing in air, while procrastination is like gasping for air. But precrastination does have its downside just like procrastination. It's the constant gratification and release it offers, the satisfaction, the feeling of achievement and being able to tick off things from your to-do list -and not have to worry later on. Doing trivial tasks as soon as they appear may leave little room to think things through.

With procrastination you put off or delay doing something either due to habit or circumstance, and the opposite is precrastination where you find completing tasks much earlier to greatly beneficial. Each has its points but to be content I believe finding a middle ground between the two will suffice.


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53 comments:

  1. Procrastination sometimes comes from fear. Fear of success or fear of failure. Enjoy your day!

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  2. People procrastinate because they're not motivated very much to do it.

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  3. Does one get any credit for being both a procrastinator and a precrastinator?

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  4. I believe that creative people are procrastinators... I also don't believe that time brings you further from a solution, at least not in every situation, for there are many times I have come up with a better solution by pondering on something, and other times when I jumped to do something I later regretted it.

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  5. I am definitely a "pre-crastinator"...I won't even sit down on the computer or have a coffee before I get the daily chores done!

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  6. I think I am the worst combination of both 'crastinators.'

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  7. Hello There! I have a habit o procrastinating with things I don't want to do, and the things I like, I tend to do quickly. Clearly, I have issues. (lol) Happy Day to you! Hugs...RO

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  8. I am a a pre-crastinator, as in if traveling, I pack the suitcase a week ahead of time. I am always early, never late to anything. the early part can be a problem, as in once the party was at 7 and we had to ride around for 20 minutes in the neighborhood waiting for 7 and were the first ones there, no one else arrived until 7:30.... there is a down side, but to me procrastination is all downsides

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  9. Ótima semana! abraços, chica

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  10. So true ~ live the day but plan somewhat for the future when needed ~ Happy Monday to you ~ ^_^

    (A Shutterbug Explores)

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  11. Unfortunately I am a procrastinator. It can be a real problem.

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  12. Procrastination has a bad reputation, indeed. It has a negative connotation.

    But if we think about it, to procrastinate is to postpone an action which can have its advantages. It gives us time to ponder, to define priorities, to avoid being impetuous or impulsive.

    However, if we procrastinate not due to the above reasons, and just because we don’t feel like doing whatever we have to do this moment or in the near future, because we do not want to be bothered now, then it may be a problem and we may pay a higher price later on...

    So, when one has a few tasks to do, a few assignments to complete, my suggestion has been (and I try to follow it myself), start doing/completing your tasks in this order: from the most difficult and time consuming to the easiest. What a sense of accomplishment!!

    But… there is always a but… I have to admit that sometimes, in some circumstances, it feels good at the time to say: “I can’t think about it now or I will go crazy. I will think about it tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
    : )

    I have a friend who is a “precrastinator”. She is the most organized person I know. Her house is always, always neat; everything is in the right place. Sometimes I wonder if anyone lives in that house. All her affairs/matters are in order. That gives her time to do and pursue other interests. You other have it or you don’t. That gift, that skill… : )

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  13. As a creative (artist, poet) I find that I am a precrastinator (if you can call it that, I "strike while the iron is hot" so to speak and the idea is alive and fresh). Or else, the idea will not become a reality. In other ways I am a procrastinator when things need to be thought out like buying a new car, for example. I have a "three day rule" that means I never make a large purchase or decision without mulling it over for 3 days, weighing the pros and cons. If I am still enamored with the idea of having the item or doing whatever it was I wanted to do then I go for it. This method has served me well throughout my lifetime. Thanks for such an interesting post. Enjoy your day!

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    1. That's very wise and sound Carol, you've managed to find a method that works for you and that's it really. Greetings and thanks for sharing.

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  14. My Dad used to say better 10 minutes early than 5 minutes late and I am always too early. Once I was on time and the moment I rang the doorbell my phone went off and said friend asked where I was.
    But with paperwork I´m like really bad.

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  15. I'm very good at taking the right fork (later)

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  16. So it sounds as if a mix of both is the way to go B, I can handle that.. tomorrow 😀

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  17. I no longer procrastinate because the consequences of procrastination are too uncomfortable / painful. I look back on my life and wonder how different things might have been if I had acted more quickly - all of the missed opportunities to do something spectacular, to make a phone call and say, "I love you" to someone I would never see again, ... I'm sorry I learned this lesson so late in my life, but I am happy that I will no longer need to repeat it.

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  18. I get it done and away I run. Guess I mat be more Pre, but meh, doesn't bother me.

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  19. I think I precrastinate, interesting.

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  20. I do procrastinate, but I'm usually selective about it and precrastinate (I like that term!) the things that might come back to bite me. Either way, there's nothing quite like that sense of accomplishment when a task is completed. :)

    Excellent quote at the start.

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  21. I have a habit o procrastinating with things...

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  22. I am a procrastinator married to a precrastinator. We have found the middle ground.

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  23. I saw that article too and found out that I am a very creative person.

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  24. As a rule I am not a procrastinator but do have my moments.

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  25. I definitely agree with finding a middle ground with these two. What might look to others like procrastination when I'm plotting my next blog post is really allowing time to let the creative juices flow before I begin writing. If I've thought long enough, the actual writing doesn't take long at all. However, I draw the line at procrastinating so long that I'm writing a blog the same day I have to post it. They always need time to simmer and gel.
    Blessings!

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  26. Right now as I read this post and then am writing my comment, I am guilty of being a procrastinator. It's because I have some other chores that need to be done and yet I am sitting at the computer instead. That said, I will put a limit on my procrastination and get to the chores before the day is done. The term precrastination was a new one to me.

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  27. I agree, the middle ground is key for me. I need enough thoughtful time to consider and map out things but I also need to get them done. :)

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  28. I never leave things for the last minute. I like to be prepared and organised. But unfortunately a lot of people do not think the same. Thank you for sharing such a great post, my friend.

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  29. Awe procastination as t's finest for me and im glad that i have stopped it and jumped right here and now im posting a comment in your blog!

    I read that if you do things wth less than a minute, you should do it. I think it's a great principle that all of us should hold. For me, when you start working on things, you would continue it all without knowng it. All you need is to start that begin button and everything else would follow.

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  30. I've definitely always been a precrastinator! I have to get things overwith quickly.

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  31. Great post.I was not to much a procrastinator as I was guilty of putting too much on my plate. Still there was the common solution: Making the time.

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  32. I don't like to procrastinate. It makes me feel unprepared.

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  33. I'm betting we are all a little bit of both in some senses, or would that be the middle ground?

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  34. Everything in moderation...

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  35. Sadly, I am a procrastinator most days. I feel like I work best under pressure though, so I haven't run into any issues yet.

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  36. Hi Blogoratti - they both occur ... but I can see planning ahead makes sense - I can do both ... but I do prefer to get on with things - cheers Hilary

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  37. i know both ways... but i´m getting better with the "now":)

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  38. I'm not much of a precrastinator. Why do something today that you can easily put off until tomorrow?

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  39. Wow, after reading your description I think I might suffer from precrastination a little bit. I used to be procrastinate a lot and decided to change but perhaps I take it overboard some times. As you said, finding middle ground is the best option as pre and procrastination can be beneficial in some circumstances. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

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  40. I am a procrastinator when it comes to things I don't want or like to do, I will admit. But I enjoyed reading your post. It's always interesting to me how some people manage to stay ahead of the game on everything. :)

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  41. I don't procrastinate, and I am very creative. So I don't exactly agree with Prof. Adam Grant's assessment. Procrastination adds more stress in your life. Why add more? We have enough as it is.

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  42. Do it now!
    Tomorrow you'll have other things to do!

    All the best Jan

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  43. I used to be lazy until i cross my thirties but i felt it was mostly due to my illness as when i start recovering i was more active accurate and quick .

    i am falling in love with your wise blog my friend!!!

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  44. My new year goal was changing from being a procrastinator and I am really glad I have improved a bit on it, it caused a lot of problem for me lol

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  45. It's easy to put things off until the next day. I am one who gets things done early, so I can enjoy whatever comes my way later. But doing tasks early does make it hard to think things through, so what you said makes sense. I love that picture, and will pass it on to my girls. : )

    ~Sheri

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  46. I agree about the link bewtween procrastination and creativity. I definitely make better jewellery, write better poetry and find better solutions to tricky problems if I think long and hard (procrastinate) beforehand. On the other hand, I do more practical things like paying bills on time, as procrastination doesn't help there

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  47. I meant to say, a very good post! LOL!

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