Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Now I know why I love procrastinating

I have always wondered why I tend to procrastinate in the middle of an important task.

Here's my typical workflow:
  1. I start the task.
  2. I get those creative juices flowing. 
  3. I procrastinate.
  4. I procrastinate more. 
  5. I realize that the deadline is almost there.
  6. My brain turns into panic mode.
  7. I get stuff done faster.
I used to reason out that I'm doing it this way so that my mind could go on panic mode. I kind of like working under pressure. 

But then everything made sense when I saw Adam Grant's TED Talk on "The surprising habits of original thinkers."  (Video below).

He emphasized how original thinkers are always late to the party.

That means they don't rush to do things first. They might have started something. But, they hold off and tend to make a better idea out of it. 

These original thinkers are basically procrastinators. 

Procrastinating gives them time to think and come up with better ideas. 

I won't say that I am confident that I am an original and creative thinker. But now, I think I already have a clear explanation why procrastination works wonders for me. 

Holding off on a task I started gives me time to think and consider ideas. This makes the final output better than it should have been if I rushed to finish it. 

If this is a great way to keep me thinking creatively, then for sure I'd keep this habit.

Here's the full video of Adam Grant's TED talk: 

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