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Procrastination can be a good thing

Seriously.  Sometimes you need to procrastinate.  Not always but sometimes.  Sometimes you need a little extra time to let your ideas collect and stew inside of your brain.  It’s just not ready to come out in your creative work just yet.

Your inspiration, your idea isn’t ready to be born just yet.  You can’t rush it.

You may need to turn up the heat.

But you can’t wait forever.  You may have a deadline to complete your project.  You’ll need to balance the stew in your brain against the deadline.  It’s akin to turning the heat up on a pot of water that sits on the stove.  If you put it on simmer, it’s going to take a really long time to heat it up.  So turn the knob up.

Adding more heat or pressure to the creative process may spur something in your brain to help push you towards completion.  The pressure can help focus you on the task at hand and help give it clarity.  Harness that focused energy and use it to your advantage.

Waiting to the last minute to complete the project may not always be the best answer.  It doesn’t leave you a lot of time to review your work.  But once in a while when the answer doesn’t jump to the front of your consciousness, turn up the heat.  It may add just the right amount pressure to help you create something wonderful.

What are your thoughts on procrastination?

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  1. justforhash
    January 28, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Much as people like to say ‘don’t be a last minute person’. Its so true that we bloom when cornered.

  2. January 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Justforhash,

    Sometime it works. One might be pushed to greatness by waiting until they are cornered. Just don’t drop the ball and miss your deadline, even if it is self imposed.

    Thanks for the comment,

    -Matt

  3. January 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Matt,
    What you call procrastination in this case — I call development time. I am far more creatively productive when I put the “goal” in my head and then let the thoughts flow freely. I then jot them down — wherever I am.

    Amazingly — when I sit down to finally “work” on the goal, it is remarkably easy.
    FYI: Great little tool called “AquaNotes” — waterproof pad/pencil to capture your thoughts if you are a shower thinker. Follow http://twitter.com/showerthinker to see/learn more!

    Kate

  4. janeyquiel
    January 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I agree with your assumption.

  5. January 31, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Kate,

    I love your point of view.

    It’s not procrastination, it’s germination. As long as you can still ship, or produce in the allotted time, it’s germination. If you miss your deadline, procrastination sunk your ship.

    -Matt

  6. February 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Guilty!

    I HAVE to have a deadline to get certain things done. I teach software but have a very odd mental quirk – I really can’t learn a new piece of software if I’m not going to teach it. There are some exceptions but most of the time I will tell some of my vendors “I can teach Intro to xxxxxx in 3 months” and then prep like mad.

    It’s not great for your health but it is really good for focus. 🙂

    – Kirsten

    Find me on twitter @rourketraining

  7. February 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I too need deadlines. Deadlines are a good thing. They help us prioritize and give us focus. Just don’t blow the deadlines!

    Welcome to the blog and thanks for the comment. I hope I see you back soon.

    -Matt

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