We all procrastinate sometimes, but if it makes you feel guilty and is getting in the way of good business practices, you may have a problem. When this happens, it helps to learn how to practice strategic procrastination.
What Is Strategic Procrastination?
When we procrastinate, we put off tasks we need to get done. With strategic procrastination, we are actually taking a much more deliberate approach to it. Here’s how to do it.
Take a Walk
If you aren’t having any fun doing what you’re supposed to be doing, or it has become redundant and mindless, you will find yourself stuck. You may turn to distractions like scrolling through social media, and you are less inclined to do what you’re supposed to be doing.
When this happens, step away and take a break. Sometimes simply taking a walk can help refresh your mind and put you back into work mode. Fresh air and movement can also boost your energy and prepare you to tackle your tasks.
Let Things Sit
If we have a big deadline to make or a big project to do, we tend to put up barriers that keep us from getting it done. Let it sit. Do what you can ahead of the project and set yourself up to tackle what needs to be done the next day when you are in a good headspace.
Use the day before to prepare. You can take notes, write out your ideas, sketch; you can do anything you need to do to clear your head and prepare yourself for the work you have to get done the next day.
If you choose to avoid getting something done, you will find ways to validate procrastination by finding something else useful. When doing this, we often end up in our inbox. Answering emails is one way to feel like we are doing something useful while still avoiding the big tasks we need to get done. However, being overly responsive can be bad. The more responsive you are, the more emails you end up sending.
Step away from your inbox, and you will find that some of the urgent messages actually resolve on their own. Stepping away can even make you more productive in many ways.
As you can see, strategic procrastination can lower stress levels and prepare you for the work you need to do.