Procrastination – Good or Bad?

Written by Adrian

Everyone procrastinates, including me. To be honest, I am kind of an expert in it. For years, I’ve been making an excuse that I work better under pressure. And, actually, I do. The more I embrace my inner procrastinator, the more I notice a few things about her that are actually beneficial. However, like what we are always told by parents or teachers, procrastination, indeed, has its negatives. 

The Negatives

Our minds can often deceive us, to the extent that we cannot know that we are delaying at all. Procrastination can be bad due to many reasons and in many ways. 

One of the worst things about late work is that this ultimately produces negative emotions, which can also have a bad impact on your health, both mental and physical. More often than not, procrastination is a cause of stress which further leads to anxiety. You also begin to feel bad about yourself when you are under pressure and start to worry about what you should have done but you have missed it. The higher the odds, the more nervous you are, and in the worst case, other behavioral disorders may be triggered. Also, when it gets closer to the deadlines, you are likely to work continuously without break. In my case, I always spend a night or two without sleep, and when the deadlines have passed, my schedule is usually mixed up by my exhaustion which takes a great amount of time for me to get back to normal activity time.

For me, putting everything till the end makes things harder to complete especially with subjects that I am not professional in. In such cases, I can not access any kind of help from teachers, friends, or managers, which causes my tasks to be paralyzed by fear of making a mistake or unclear topics. 

Finally, it’s no surprise that poor outcomes have been generated with procrastination. You get poor outcomes and bad results if you put things off instead of concentrating on doing your best. It’s one of the most resonating aspects of procrastination. 

The Positives

There is no getting away from the anxiety it creates, but with the right intentions, it can be quite helpful. I know how bad this sounds, but trust me, there is a bright side to it.

You can get more things done when handling everything under pressure as you have to put your total focus into your tasks. Not everyone can work well under pressure, but exemptions are available. When they work last-minute than procrastination, it is not all that bad if you are among the few who get better results. You get much more efficient and work much quicker when the deadlines are tight and you start panicking and you get to do a lot. This also takes us to the next good thing: increasing imagination.

If you have a time limit and are unable to finish a job or make a traditional choice, the brain will begin to think of other alternatives. When we go ahead and feel the weight of our choices, some of our most imaginative ideas occur. To me, many great ideas have occurred throughout my essays as a result of delays, which is further evidence that something totally negative is not meant for procrastination. 

Moreover, as a procrastinator, I find it really helps me to manage my time efficiently as I can estimate the amount of time I need to finish the task right before the deadlines. Of course, there is a considerable difference between the active and the passive style of procrastinating, where the former can be considered good, and the latter — sitting around, for example, doing absolutely nothing — is definitely in a poor category. While it can mean delaying action, it is a useful skill to know when to take action.

With what’s mentioned above, I believe that one of the best solutions is to learn how to manage the drive for important tasks to be postponed in your lives. That way, you will be able to get the best results, make the best decision on the spot, and avoid unnecessary stress. What is your opinion on procrastinating? If you are a procrastinator, how are you doing with TIU’s massive workload? Please let us know in the comments!