Procrastination, by definition, is the process of postponing something for later. It goes by many other names too like being lazy or sucking or being a loser for not doing it. Yeah, it tends to happen a lot. As much people would hate to admit it but, everyone does it sometime. No Exception! Millennials seem to fall prey to procrastination more than ever and it kinda is the new “cool.” Say, you don’t watch one episode per day because it is too long of a wait for the next one so, you just delay it until you get to watch the whole season at once. The tendency to delay action for later is to give in to your inner desire of something-fun-at-the-moment. Those who do procrastinate cannot be termed as those who underperform, in fact, they come out to be the most efficient when it comes to performing. We all have someone in our known who never starts off on time, however, finishes it before.
The matter is so intense that it has been thoroughly researched and discussed and so will we but, some other day. Earlier, it was being speculated that the era of the internet gave birth to this situation and yet it came out to be otherwise. Leonard Da Vinci, Bill Clinton and Victor Hugo are some of the many famous personalities also known for procrastinating. This situation is believed to be harmful in a longer term, of course not getting things done on time and then not doing it at all has a price, you might get scolded in school or fired from the job. Not just that, postponing has been associated with anxiety, depression, stress and low confidence.
So the question arises “Why humans tend to procrastinate?” Now, we used all humans and some may question why all, it’s because every single human on the face of this planet delays aka procrastinate.
Let us begin stating what we said earlier, All humans procrastinate in some way. The matter is less talked yet has scientists and researchers across the globe puzzled what causes people to put things on snooze. Evolution has seeded procrastination into the human brains, so, one might say every individual is born with this trait wired inside their head. It can be understood as a fight between yin and yang. The two sides of brain i.e. Prefrontal Cortex and the Limbic System. They often collide when you have to decide whether to do something or not. In the minds of procrastinators usually, Limbic System wins putting the task for later and focus on pleasure at the moment.
It has been found that Prefrontal Cortex part of the human brain, which is responsible for making the decisions, is somehow weaker than Limbic System. Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest fits in this scenario too. Suppose you have been working on some project straight for two hours and all of sudden you lose focus, now earlier your prefrontal cortex had made a decision to put efforts to carry out the assigned tasks and you were managing it so well so far and the Limbic System, stronger of the two, was looking for an opportunity or loophole to gain control and as you lost concentration, you get driven towards something pleasurable and effortless.
Procrastination has been defined differently in various field of studies such as for a Social Psychologist, the situation is a response to bypass bad feeling or stress making it a kind of emotional phenomena, however, on the other hand, a Neuropsychologist calls it a failure to plan ahead and prioritizing. In both, the definition is a bit related, to avoid bad feeling you opt for pleasure avoiding the course of action which should you be doing instead. Let us put the topic to rest by setting an example, you have been planning to clean your room for last two weeks, but, the process is tedious and takes a lot of effort so you tend to put it aside for later. One day your boss asks to visit your house, it sent a panic signal in your brain and finally, you end up doing what you should probably have done a long time ago.
Just like a coin, everything has two sides, one bad and other good. Some people may call procrastination a good trait as it brings more creativity while others see it as an agent to trigger anxiety, stress or sometimes depression too. Neither are wrong. But there’s more to Procrastination than meets the eye, let us find out how it is good for you and how to use it for better end results.
How is Procrastination good for you?
Procrastination is condition highly underrated and is often resides in a bad reputation. People who know you procrastinate usually will tag you as lazy sloth, a person who cannot get things done regardless of how efficiently you work had been or how much productive you proved to be. People cannot stand a late starter excelling in every aspect. So the question ‘is it any good for you’ must be answered because it definitely is.
Brings out Creativity: Yes it definitely does and we are blabbering just like that. Studies revealed those who put things off for later are bound to be more creative than the rest. Upon given tasks, those who start off right away are less efficient and creative than people indulging in other pleasurable activities like gaming prior to work. Need proof check? Open up history and you’ll find that some of the most remarkable moments in the history were due to procrastination including the famous speech of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream.’ However, the researchers also recommend keeping procrastination in check as the excess of it may cause obstructions on your ability to perform. Need a
Better Comebacks: Procrastinating, an individual can make a better comeback. Say you have been given multiple projects at once and you’re on it since ages and that caused your brain to clog, running out of ideas or how to execute further. By taking a break you cut down all the distractions and focus on your procrastinating thing. This way your mind recuperates and refreshes rapidly, coming up with better ideas. Not only this improves quality but also erases stress. Remember, being lazy and having pleasurable things on for long may cause stress and may hamper the quality of work. Take a break for a determined period and once you have the idea or inspiration, shoot it.
Sort Things out the efficient way. Whether something has come up in your relationship or in your office home or school, take the time to cool off. As we would like to say, Procrastinate. It will give you the time sort out the situation from a different point of view than your previously furious mood. Nothing is better than a happy ending and if procrastination helps it to do so, you better be at it. Also, its power has widely been acknowledged, if you believe everything on the internet then there’s a saying by Bill Gates quoting “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
Charges up good emotions in the person. As discussed above, procrastination pulls the person towards something pleasurable and when you do something you find pleasure in you end up feeling good. It often fills the person with positivity and boosts idea generation. There’s a saying “When nothing is right, go to sleep.” Some do sleep, some play games while many prefer listening to rock music and aren’t it the end result, feeling happy or cheerier if you’re sad? Procrastinators carry solution to sorrow with themselves.
Being a coin, Procrastination too has two sides and for we have aforementioned the good that comes out of it and telling you when and how to use it for your own good. Even alcohol taken in limited quantity can work as a medicine. Too much of anything is bad for you, may it be eating, sleeping, drinking or procrastinating. Weel, now you know the science behind it
Well, now you know the science behind why we put things for later and it can be beneficial if kept in check. So, go on and procrastinate while you can but, when you come back, make sure you do it better than non-procrastinators.
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