It turns out that procrastinating isn’t all bad.
Sometimes your brain needs time to percolate an idea. Sometimes you need to get away from work to make a connection between concepts. And sometimes you just need to work on something that doesn’t take as much energy.
If you find yourself putting off particular tasks, consider why you do it. Is it because you don’t value the activity? Because you think it’s too hard? Because you don’t have the supplies?
The solution may be to get help, reschedule, purchase or borrow tools or delegate the task. Maybe you know someone who would swap your burdensome task with another that you don’t mind doing but that the other person despises.
Trouble occurs when your procrastination keeps you from getting anything important done. At that point, it’s a good idea to look at your habits and see what you can change so you don’t end up overwhelmed with a backlog of work.
Do you find yourself procrastinating about particular tasks? What coping strategies do you use?