Can you count how many hours in a day you are really productive? What proportion of your day is filled with nothing but complete productivity? Half? I doubt that. Not a lot of us can say we utilise our time to the full. I for one do not know how to manage my time efficiently. Now how about doing your work early? When you are given an assignment due in three weeks, do you start it early so you could finish it way in time and relax or like most people do, you wait for the last minute, freak out thinking how it’s due the next morning and stay up all night putting everything together when you could’ve done it all earlier? Well I am one of the procrastinators. I tend to sit around and wait for the last minute before I do something I could've dealt with well in time. It is a skill I have managed to perfect over the years and unfortunately I am so accustomed to it. You can say I procrastinate effectively and with skill because it comes naturally and swiftly with me.
One thing I have noticed about humans is how much we procrastinate even if we know how bad it is, how much 'procrastination is the thief of time'. I am here to talk about the reasons why I think we procrastinate and the benefits of this nasty habit we always do. Procrastination motivates us to do our work. With a deadline fast approaching, we tend to fear the consequences of not meeting the deadline so we are more motivated to do the task. It is the extra boost we sometimes need to get a job done. Don't you sometimes stay in bed on a cold winter's day being lazy until you remember that your in-laws are coming over and you haven't even cleaned the house even though you long knew they were coming? That fear pushes you to clean the house faster, make sure everything is in place and usually, gets you done with your tasks on time. You end up getting energy to do the tasks you least desired just because you are not on schedule.
Working at the last minute makes you focus on the task before you so you can complete it faster and meet the deadline. Does it not seem as if you perform at your best under pressure? Like if you do something in advance you do not do it as well as when you do it under pressure? Most of the exams I study for under pressure I tend to do extremely well in them but those I study months for I do not. So I guess procrastination is my thing and it seems to work. I even kept on delaying and postponing writing this article and here I am doing it under pressure as usual, hopeful as good as it seemed at the time I wrote it. So, procrastination is a lot better for you than you might think. I guess it is all about finding a balance in everything, do not overdo it. Too much of anything is bad, no matter what its benefits are.
Written by: Theo Bryan Mfhaladi