4 reasons students should stop feeling guilty about procrastinating

Not only does this become the most common ‘word of the day’ during exam period, where we realise if our finals were based on different ways to procrastinate we’d receive nothing less than a first class honours. procrastinating seems to lead to feeling guilty. But is it all that bad?

Words: Katie Brown

If we were to calculate our time ratio between time spent procrastinating, and time spent actually being productive, we’d probably not like the odds of how much time we really do spend pushing things forward to be completed another time.

While it’s generally agreed that procrastination is just a fancy word for laziness. Some say that feeling guilty about procrastination can be good when used in the right way.

Creative faffing

Time spent away from a difficult task we’ve been assigned to do can often lead us to finding different and inventive ways to manage them. So if your boss catches you in the midst of procrastination, just proclaim it’s all part of the plan and subtlety mention that you’ll eventually stumble across an idea for the next best way to un-send accidental e-mails and messages.

Procrasti-baking

So common, it’s established its own word! If you’re going to delay a task or put it off for another day, why not become a structured procrastinator and find something to do in this time? They do say that these people actually get more done. Baking doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of time and you might even discover a new found talent you may have never thought you had. Besides, who can really complain about procrastination when there’s a nice pile of treats waiting as the reward?

What unnecessary tasks?

Sometimes, tasks can be assigned to us because we need to be seen to be doing something (or our bosses just like delegating!) and realistically we all know the task isn’t vital to the success of the company anyway. When more important tasks arise, these previous tasks are likely to be scrapped and forgotten about. So technically… procrastinating prevents wasting time on said unnecessary tasks.

So it’s a win-win, right? That doesn’t mean we then sit and procrastinate, outweighing our given tasks to their importance and relevance, because we don’t want an unhappy boss at the end of the day!

Farewell stress… (Some of it, anyway)

If we’re feeling overwhelmed with the 101 different thigs we need to be doing, we could end causing ourselves a fair amount of stress. Stress is not only counter-creative but can also be very destructive, meaning we wouldn’t be producing the best of what we can do. Procrastination is said to help relieve stress, so maybe it’s high time to embrace a bit of procrastination instead of feeling guilty about it.

It may have worked for ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ but it’s still important to establish a difference between productive procrastinating and just being plain lazy! At the end of the day, getting things done on time or ahead of time, can be overwhelmingly satisfying as well!