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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Is procastination always bad?

Much has been written on procrastination but little on the paradox of productive procrastination.

We tend to think of procrastination as a negative behavior. But not necessarily. It can also been used as productive.


There are two sorts of productive procrastination: structured and unstructured.

Structured procrastination is avoiding something you really need to do,  but alternatively attending to things which are important but rarely get done such as:


Organizing receipts,  desk clutter, closets, or email inboxes.


Networking with acquaintances, colleagues, friends often neglected.


Planning the day timer, vacation schedule, or thinking about doing something other than what you should be doing.


Running errands which never seem to get done.


Filing  bills, assorted paperwork, magazines, photos.

Unstructured procastination is also a good way to keep busy, but not necessarily productive, in the short term.

Exercising has benefits of creating energy.

Daydreaming can generate great ideas.

Relaxing is necessary for productivity, in the long run.

Reading a good book can expose you to others' good ideas.

Surfing the net can also generate ideas.


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