3 healthy ways to procrastinate (yes, you read that right)Munira Rangwala
The term procrastination has been dragged through the mud more than once by parents and professors alike. All through our growing years, we've learnt of the dangerous effects of procrastination. From parent's getting frustrated when we left our homework for the very last minute to getting negative reviews at work for submitting a report after the deadline, procrastination has only led to one disaster after another in most of our lives. However, if used correctly, procrastination can give your mind a break from the cacophony surrounding you. Several wise men have used procrastination to their advantage over the years to prevent themselves from intellectual drainage. We've compiled a list of three healthy ways to utilise procrastination to your benefit.
Use procrastination to boost your physical activity and strategic thinking
We are all aware of the fact that a sedentary lifestyle poses several dangers to one's health. From an increased possibility of certain cancers to a greater risk of heart attack amongst women, sitting behind a desk all day has its drawbacks. However, it is possible to use the urge to procrastinate in your favour to distract your mind from the tasks ahead and benefit your body. You don't have to put on your workout clothes and hit the gym in the middle of the day to stay active. You can simply take a walk in the corridors of your office if it's too hot to step outside. Any movement is better than sitting in one position all day.
Use procrastination to write detailed to-do lists
To-do lists not only help you get your things in order, but they serve another, very satisfying purpose. Checking off items from your to-do list after each task is completed not only helps you move on to the next task but also gives you an innate sense of satisfaction. When you strike off one task after another from your to-do list, you give yourself the chance to momentarily celebrate your progress. Using your procrastination period to make lists of tasks linked to work won't actually feel like work, and yet it will help you for when you get back to work.
Use procrastination to stay in touch with those who matter
Working 40 plus hours every week leaves you with little time and energy to socialise with close family and friends. Instead of logging on to your social media profile for the 10th time during the day, use your procrastination time to stay in touch with your loved ones. Message your cousin and ask him how he likes his new job or call your best friend and exchange titbits on each other's lives. This will not only help you stay connected with your closest circle but will also get your mind off work temporarily.
Procrastination doesn't always have to be bad. It is what you make of your procrastination time that will make a world of a difference in your personal and professional life.