We all tend to procrastinate at times and feel guilty later. But did you know procrastination could help boost productivity?
Most people aren't immune to distractions and procrastination. The key is to figure out how to use wasted time and bring out a positive outcome. When things got busier than usual, I started valuing my time way more, so each time I felt like putting off a task, I'd do something beneficial instead. Today, I will round up "replacement" tasks for when you don't feel like doing that looming work-related thing that comes with a deadline:
• Make a list of constructive procrastination activities: Start with tasks you consider pleasant distractions, but also be honest with yourself and add unpleasant tasks to the list. Your final list should alternate between both - clean home and workspace motivate me to work, so I alternate that with laundry, followed by planning and scheduling my week.
• Browse on social media: As long as you can limit your browsing time to 15 minutes, you can get a lot of things done especially if your job is social media. I like to browse through Pinterest for inspiration, interact with customers and bloggers on Instagram, and use Twitter to learn what is trending that day. Instead of spending time texting, figure out how your preferred social media app can actually be of use to you. Don't forget to jot down/ bookmark/ screenshot new ideas!
• Spruce up: . Put on your favorite music (a one-hour timed playlist works best), put away your gadgets, and tidy up! Here's a list of things I like to do:
Declutter my closet (especially that beauty stash)
Reorganize my desk
Planning, color-coding, and scheduling tasks for the week/ month (I use a traditional paper planner)
Organize the kitchen cabinets
Yoga (I do this at the very end, because it always helps me refocus)
• Turn off instant messaging: I log out of Facebook messenger, direct messaging and all texting apps both on my phone and laptop, even when I choose to procrastinate, because these things tend to delay me (and anyone) infinitely. By doing this, I eliminate obvious distractions, and the temptation to waste time.
• Cook: Cooking is a proven way to unwind, and it can be an enjoyable, creative experience. If not, you'll at least have a home-cooked meal (perhaps even for the next day), and healthy, comfort food. Whenever I cook, I end up feeling like I earned the time-off.
Breaks are necessary, and procrastination is inevitable, but you might as well be productive about it, especially if you don't have time to waste. What do you like to do when you procrastinate?
Let me know if this post was helpful in making you procrastinate productively, and have a super weekend!
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. It is spearheaded by the Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
Namrata R. Loka
Founder & Creative Director