Yes you read that right. I’m going to tell you how to procrastinate productively. How is that possible?
First of all, often when we procrastinate it is because we are putting off making decisions. If that’s the case, you can productively procrastinate by gathering more information about the thing you’re procrastinating. Do some research. Ask other people. Spend some time thinking about it. Imagine what would happen if you made the decision one way, then flip it and think through the other outcome.
Another reason we procrastinate is if we don’t feel prepared. What would make you feel more prepared? I don’t mean this as an excuse to go out and buy things, but if there is a tool you need that would make the job easier, maybe you should get it.
Sometimes we procrastinate because the thing we need to do requires a lot of energy, whether physical or mental, and it’s our low-energy time of day. Take a look at my post on how to still be productive during your low-energy times.
Check your to-do list and see what you can fit in now. This will keep you from putting everything on hold and end up surfing cat videos online until you get into a time crunch and have to do that thing you’re putting off. You don’t want to get into that situation. Keep ticking off tasks, even if they’re not that one, so you can keep on top of your schedule.
Look through your planner and see what else you need to do, and how much time you can afford to wait before you act on this thing. You might realize you already have less time than you thought. Maybe that time pressure will move you to action.
What do you do to bust through the wall of procrastination?