I want to let you know that I have experienced some really surprising benefits of procrastination in my life.
What about you? Have you ever felt a huge relief after you put off a planned action for another day or time?
Has it ever occurred to you that there could be some benefits of procrastination? If you’re like me then procrastination isn’t something that you always shy away from despite its negative connotation.
I have trained myself to look on the positive side of even the most disheartening events in life. Thus, even though I am not a big fan of procrastination, I never beat up myself unnecessarily anytime I find myself in such a situation.
Putting off a seemingly important action for another day can benefit us in some ways. I think we only need to know what to put off and what not to.
The below reasons should make you think twice before acting immediately on any important decision. Who knows, putting it off a bit may just turn out to be the best decision under the circumstances.
1. Procrastination can save you from implementing a bad decision.
Let’s face it, there are some decisions that look entirely wholesome when they’re freshly made but not so after a day or two. It is only wise to tell yourself, wait a minute, let’s take another look at this thing.
Because it could backfire in unimaginable ways if you act on it immediately.
2. Putting it off can make you reduce cost.
Here is one of the key benefits of procrastination. Sometimes, you only need to delay action on a planned project or purchase to realize a bit later how costly an immediate action would have been.
There are certain things which we plan to do without looking closely enough at their cost implications. Any time you’re about to do something and your guts tell you to do it on another day, it could be a sign that you’d end up losing money if you implemented it.
3. Procrastination can buy you time to tackle the issue the right way.
Have you ever procrastinated filling or submitting a form? Key among the benefits of procrastination is that it will make you correct, in the nick of time, your otherwise costly mistakes whether you’re applying for a job, a school placement or about to register for an examination.
Maybe you need a place of your own so you’ve planned to buy a home or personally build a house as is the more common practice here in Africa.
Or it could be that you started with the decision to go for a four or five-bedroom apartment.
But now you keep procrastinating when it comes to taking action. Gradually you’re beginning to realize that you really do not need that many bedrooms for anything, considering certain factors.
Who knows, you may even end up renting a small affordable place rather than embark on the more herculean task of acquiring a property.
Had you not been putting the action off you’d have done something against your long-term interests.
This is how procrastination has benefited many that know how to apply it.
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4. Procrastination gives you the opportunity to access and assess the views of others.
Yes, the mainstream wisdom is not to listen to the naysayers when you plan to do something. Much as I totally agree with this, it does not take away the fact that it is helpful to, at least, consider the opinions of those who have been there before you.
You’ll be pleasantly amazed at the wealth of experience other well-meaning people can make available to you as you give yourself one more time to further investigate the idea anytime you come very close to acting on it.
5. Procrastination prevents you from moving too fast.
Chances are you might fall and hurt yourself if you move too fast. Herein lies one more of the benefits of procrastination.
Imitating the snail in your journey through life often pays dividends. Procrastination is just one way of slowing down in our fast-paced world.
This way, you can reduce the risk of courting health-related problems such as stress, insomnia and depression.
There are unlikely benefits of procrastination.
This is the point of this article – controversial as it may sound.
Let’s face it. It may not be a good idea to procrastinate on the important decisions in life. Nevertheless, it can sometimes be rewarding if you’ll just pause a bit in your tracks and wait for another day. This could be moments before you act on some life-changing decisions.
In fact, I’m fully convinced that there are astonishing benefits of procrastination.
So do not consider procrastination as an entirely bad thing. It is capable of saving you money and lots of future sleepless nights.
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