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How Can Procrastination Make Your Work Better

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How Can Procrastination Make Your Work Better

“A stitch in time saves nine,” your mother, grandmother, and first grade teacher preached in your impressionable years. How many times have you heard procrastination is an awful habit? I myself have told you guys so many times that procrastination hinders your hustle for success and have also talked about ways to overcome laziness and procrastination.

I was thinking about my ideas and then realized that some of my best ones have come to me when I had been procrastinating. So, I set off to do my research and here are some research-backed facts that indicate procrastination can in fact, boost creativity, productivity, and help make better decisions. 

1. Eureka Moments Come in Idle Time

How Can Procrastination Make Your Work Better

Leonardo da Vinci was a famous procrastinator. He started the Mona Lisa in 1503 but completed it only in 1517. Archimedes conceived the solution for a complex physics problem while wallowing in his bathtub. Jennifer Lopez confesses she gets her best lyrical inspirations when she’s relaxing. 

What we mean to say is that taking time off from a pressing task can actually get your creative juices flowing and you can stumble upon the perfect solution making up for an “Aha” moment.

When you are not actively thinking about a problem at hand, it lingers in your subconscious and keeps you mulling over it. Research proves that we have a longer memory for unfinished tasks than finished ones. Stress of meeting expectations can really kill creativity. So, when you have a deadline looming for a brainstorming session or for a creative solution, take some downtime and indulge in activities that relax you. Chances are you’ll be more productive later.

2. Active Procrastination Builds Momentum

There is a difference between active and passive procrastination. Let’s consider a situation. You have a long to-do list for the day, tasks prioritized by importance. You jump right onto it and tick off the most important tasks first. As soon as you’re through with these, you lose momentum for the remaining tasks. 

How Can Procrastination Make Your Work Better

By comparison, if you do the unimportant chores first, you’ll have built an urgency by the time you reach the important tasks. This is called active procrastination- it means the procrastinator has total control over his time and tasks and actually puts off tasks not to shirk responsibility but to build momentum. 

Active procrastinators work better in pressure situations. They are not so good at managing deadlines but they always deliver a better product than someone who is always on the clock.

Passive procrastination is worrisome. If you choose to watch Netflix or color coordinate your wardrobe while urgent tasks await your attention, you are in for trouble. Passive procrastinators have no control over their urges, get distracted easily, and worry inordinately about putting off tasks instead of tending to them. 

That said, some situations should not be procrastinated at all. When you have to perform a high-priority task or produce high-quality work, precluding things till the last minute can take its toll on quality. Compiling an important report, delivering a big presentation, planning for a project are some tasks that require careful deliberation that can best be done at an unhurried pace.

3. Delays Can Lead to Better Decisions

How Can Procrastination Make Your Work Better

Typically, we postpone tasks that we don’t feel comfortable or confident about. If we utilize the time gap in gathering more information about the work, weighing our options, rethinking impulsive initial reactions, we can come up with better decisions and strategies. 

Greek and Roman cultures considered idle thinkers the wisest. Aaron Sorkic, the creative director of The West Wing when quizzed by Katie Couric on why he loves procrastinating, says, “You call it procrastination; I call it thinking.” If you have a natural tendency to jump onto a task as soon as it’s assigned, you might be doing more harm than good. Take some time to reconsider your strategy and come up with better solutions. 

Frank Portnoy, the author of Wait, researched famous politicians, athletes, and entrepreneurs for their decision-making habits. Surprisingly, he found that those who postponed taking decisions until the last minute took more balanced decisions than those who made instinctive, first-minute choices. “Delay the response or the decision until the very last possible moment,” Portnoy advises. “If it’s a year, wait 364 days. If it’s an hour, wait 59 minutes.” Procrastination here is all about making more informed choices rather than avoiding a task.

4. Crunch Situations Force You to Be Efficient

How Can Procrastination Make Your Work Better

When you have little time to indulge in details, you have to drill down on the essentials and trim down the fat. This forces you to take a bird’s eye view of all requirements before you and identify the ones that’ll have maximum impact on the final product. You’ll find yourself racing against time and also striving for quality at the same time. You’ll be compelled to look for smarter ways of working and managing your time. The flip side of procrastinating will be a more resourceful YOU!

It all boils down to control. How much control do you have over your thinking? Can you manage anxiety well? Or, do you end up with feelings of guilt and shame about procrastinating and these lead you to lose focus? It also depends on your temperament. Are you the sort of person who thrives under stress (yes, those types do exist!)? How well do you know yourself? Even if you pride on your last minute coping strategies, you must know where to draw the line. 

Final Thoughts

So the next time you get a bad rap for procrastinating, you’ll have your arguments ready. Let’s just be honest here, we are here to justify procrastinating so that we don’t feel bad about it. Well, that’s not going to happen. What we talked about isn’t the kind of procrastination that is bad. Like everything, procrastination has its positives too, but we mostly indulge in the negative side. Use it to hone your skills and make your decisions and work better. Indulge in active procrastination and remove passive procrastination.

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Do you Want to Change your Status to Active this Pandemic

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Since early childhood, adolescence, and adulthood one is constantly pushed to achieve smaller and larger goals. This push takes the form of a motivational factor that helps an individual grow and move ahead in their day to day activities, to feel content, happy, and alive. But, sometimes these motivational factors could be hindered due to various elements and situations. This effect turns into demotivated behavior, further manifest in various physical and mental forms that hinder their well-being. The constant build-up of this demotivated mindset reflects in an individual in how they approach the daily task of getting up, feeling anxious to complete their routines, and go about their day. Hence motivation is an important driving force to accomplish any action. According to Kendra Cherry, an educational consultant in her article titled “What is Motivation” published in Verywell Mind describes ‘Motivation’ as a force that pushes you to act, initiate and guide goal-oriented behavior. In her article, she further focuses on two types of motivations extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation is an external driving force that pushes a person to work. Theses motivators could be rewards such as praise, money, recognition. While intrinsic motivation would be pushing to try something new, or the mere satisfaction that one gets with a task. Hence the internal push to complete the given task.

Similarly, motivation is an important asset required for a smooth functioning workplace, without which the productivity levels amongst their employees would drop. The growing pandemic crisis, foreign to many, has had a toll on the productivity levels of employees. With the shift to an online base as well as work from home situations the concerns of both the organization and employees increase. Humans by nature are known to be social beings. Hence seeing other people work around makes one introspect and motivates themselves. But, with the sudden isolation, individuals seem to have a hard time adjusting and hence have been slacking in their work. An added factor is that many employees have even been sacked, as companies have been trying to cope with this epidemic and its repercussion on them. Which has drastically dropped the motivation factors for many, as this had an effect on their confidence. Levels of productivity drop during work from home, explained by an article posted by welcome to the jungle, the article emphasizes that fewer rewards, micromanagement and lack of team spirit affect individuals working from home. Companies have even been concerned about their employee’s mental health issues in the past, but with the growing demotivation, mental health concerns have been on a rise. This is due to the state of work, where many are unable to reach deadlines, procrastinate, having increasing panic and anxiety levels. Hence as an extrinsic force companies need to find new ways to push their employees. 

For the ones working from home this shift in their environment, and scenery has made them confused and lack energy. The home environment might not be pleasant for many to work in while others would be missing their colleagues and their office. With the ongoing crisis, we lose motivation due to the panic and anxiety from thinking about the future. They worry about their job, family, friends start to cloud their mind adding to this, one starts to seem unfocused with the growing distractions in the surroundings. These distractions could be of various kinds, which would lead to one feeling lazy and procrastinate and hence lose productivity. Therefore on an intrinsic level, individuals need to apply various coping strategies to push themselves and to be more productive. 

During the normal working of companies, they have had activities and events to promote motivational behavior in their employees. Due to the current online shift, there needs to be a more unique and creative method to indulge them. These methods could be having online office parties, where individuals can come and interact with their peers, have a one on one with various employees and talk to them about things apart from work, promote other activities such as online courses, readings, etc., to keep them engaged and break the monotonous routine, finally have a more free-flowing communication and interaction with them. In terms of work-related encouragement, organizations could let workers control their schedule, while still maintaining deadlines, making the effort to reach out to them and ask about their online weekly plan, and commitment and helping them sort their schedules from time to time.

While on an individual level, employees need to declutter their home routine. Trying to focus on themselves while giving time to work as well. They need to be kind to themselves, as the situation at hand can be quite frustrating. Having a schedule in place as well as indulging in tasks that would excite them apart from work needs to be done. Having persistent movement in terms of the body by exercising at home, meditating, and also joining online yoga or Zumba classes can be quite helpful. As this would help them stay guided and increase energy levels. Apart from this one should strive to break the routine by reading, joining constructive online courses, and also increase online human interaction. Mental health should not be taken for granted, there needs to be open communication between the organization and the individual as these times are hard on everyone, but we need to work together to surpass this. Organizations need to have online counseling sessions, and individuals should try to be open about these sessions.  

Final Thoughts 

It is the onus of the organization and the self to build motivation in such unfortunate situations. Organizations and employees need to work together to push past these situations and help one another. This is possible to maintain by having feedback from both parties, as this would help understand what would work best for the onscreen future. 

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Ways to Stay Motivated During Pandemic

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Motivation is the kick-start one needs to execute his daily tasks and when lacking, can certainly take things downhill.

Depression

Anxiety

Stress

Mood swings

Thoughts of quitting

Uncertainties

Doubts

These emotions are very common for one to experience when locked up in a house of four walls for around 90 days.

A day without inspiration can make you feel like a failure and that you aren’t working to your optimum. What is there to read here is, machines break down too because of constant wear and tear, you are a human and your unproductive days don’t reflect your negligence. Instead, they are your body’s way of indicating the red-signal of overwork.

In times of low encouragement, it becomes necessary to take care of your mental health. A strong and calm mind at peace is the key to work effectively and efficiently.

Read through a few things listed below that you could resort to, to bounce back in action.

Most importantly, accept and embrace your present condition. It’s you who has to be okay with the fact that you cannot always be at the top of the work ladder. Like it is said – ‘It is okay to be not okay’. Acceptance is the first step towards overcoming a shortfall.

The second in line is to embrace this feeling. Accepting and pushing it in a corner does no good, rather it affects your immunity towards stress. Let your mind and body feel the laziness and the inertness.

It’s like applying the law of diminishing marginal utility – consuming the item until you no more feel the need of having it.

The key to a healthy mind is a nutritious food and plenty of fluids. Eating proper and in regular intervals keeps your form intact and chances of losing focus reduces.

Once you are full, it’s important to stay woke and digest the meal so as to not feel sleepy again. Maintain a strict yet flexible exercise routine to stay fit and away from usual illness.

Normally a light or a loose day is when you don’t have a set pattern to follow. Your work isn’t prioritized appropriately and you end up eating your ‘me’ time stressing over the fact that it’s too much to complete and you are just there wasting time.

A break from usual activities is necessary to relax.

An insight into what you are outside of your office is essential to not lose touch with your real self. During this, you could decide to spend time with your family and connect virtually with your friends too, however it is recommended to not blend in both.

In a span of 24 hours out of which if your office hours include 8-9, a slot for your oneself and family/friends can definitely be separately divided. This will not only give you more time to spend out of work but also be a good way to schedule your free time.

Oh, how we love to binge-watch web series! Take that love and squeeze it to the last drop. Revisit your favorite shows and movies to keep the sense of authenticity alive.

It is extremely important to know and understand your own capacity. Ambition and high standards are good however in the short term these can impact you negatively if not achieved. Listing down short and achievable goals not only are easy but also help boost your morale, giving you the push that is very much needed.

‘No news is a good news’ – one remains unaffected until he is brought face to face with the harsh reality. Hence, it is advised to stay away from social media and news. I am not referring to complete closure, but anything in excess is dangerous thus limited exposure to media and channels will pose beneficial.

Lastly, talking about a point that I mentioned earlier – it is essential to keep a check on your mental health. Many times this is considered to be a taboo which is why people are afraid of being judged if they come out clean. What they don’t realize is this is ultimately doing more damage to their own mind space.

There’s no shame in speaking about what you truly feel and what are the various things that trouble you. In fact, sharing struggles help you feel light and once your mind is empty, it clears a pathway for ideas and solutions to flow.

Take professional help if need be. These are the people who are meant to listen to you and are trained to guide you in the right manner for dealing with stress. If you aren’t comfortable with this, just talking to a family member or a trusted friend also perfectly substitutes the above.

Covid-19 is a severe situation and is getting under the nerves of a lot of people. With nation-wide lock-down and social-distancing and work from home, things have been a bit dicey. There is no certainty of what might happen the next moment and thus extra caution and attention to the well-being of self is the need of the hour.

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Why You Should Consider Adopting Strays over Buying Pets?

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Adopting: What it Means?

Have you ever felt that feeling of intense bliss run over your soul when your puppy comes running to you at the end of the day? Or when your cat purrs sweetly right across your chest while you unwind after long hours of work? Even if you don’t have a furry friend or any other one at home, don’t you wish to live such moments of bliss?

Pets are one of the most rewarding experiences in our life. Through their incredibly kind and innocent ways of being, they give that inner peace we all crave for. If you look into your dog’s eyes, you will see nothing but pure love looking back at you. There are no layers or hidden agendas behind their emotions; all they need is your attention and care.

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They enter our lives with their tiny paws but soon become a part of life, our journey, and of course, our favorite friend. But, if you are thinking of buying a pet, take a pause and reflect. What if you adopt one instead of buying? Have you ever wondered about that?

Yes, I know you might argue about getting a purebred, healthy, easy to train pup from the store rather than a grown-up four-legged friend from the rescue and shelter home. But think carefully, does that sound like a really viable argument?

Adopting an animal from the rescue shelter could give them new hope and a new home. Every pet deserves a loving home. Unfortunately, every year thousands of cats and dogs and other pets are abandoned by their human parents, and these poor creatures are left to fend for themselves. Your one act of kindness has the potential to change their lives.

To help another life is an exhilarating experience, especially when that helps change their lives and makes it much better. Adopting a homeless furry fellow gives you life-long support of unconditional love and the warmth of home to your friend.

While you are happily shopping for a new pet, a stray is eagerly looking for a new beginning. To be honest, whether it is adoption or buying, a pet is a pet, forever loyal, loving, and a true friend. 

There are millions of strays around the world living off scrapes and occasional pats of kindness. Think about the difference you can make by adopting one of them. I know that won’t be a solution for the million others, but hey, a step is all it takes to bring about change.

Especially in the current COVID-19 situation, pets are being abandoned, every day. These animals need your help more than ever. 

The Things You should Know About Adopting

Here are some of the common myth-busters and benefits of adopting a pet, that I have summarised:

  • The Purebred myth: Just because you are adopting doesn’t mean you won’t get a purebred. In fact, you can also get high-quality mixed breed dogs at shelter homes.
  • Inducted to a new community of pet-lovers: Once you adopt, you build a relationship with the shelter homes, and one day you might end up volunteering for the good cause!
  • Be an example: Adopting is a gesture of goodwill. By doing this, you can set an example for your kids and family about how to make a difference in the world.
  • Many breeders have a sort of puppy or kitten mill, where they are kept in constricted spaces. By adopting, you can put an end to such practice of keeping these happy paws in confined, unhealthy spaces.
  • Health woes: You do not need to fret about more impoverished health conditions of strays compared to pets bought from stores. Before you bring the adopted pet home, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and other medical tests are done to ensure health safety.
  • Behavior: Animals living in shelter homes, although coming from adverse conditions, in many instances, cope well with other fellow beings since they stay in the company.
  • Money factor: When you buy a pet, you end up spending hundreds of dollars, but with adoption, it’s free, and you get the same kind, loving furry friend on your porch!
  • Please give them a lifetime home: That does not need any description, and the feeling involved in doing it is priceless.

Final Words

The decision to have a pet is a huge step in itself. It is almost like bringing a kid home. You have to care, nurture, and provide for them continually. No doubt, it is a big responsibility as well. But if you have taken that decision, why not move a step further? 

There are so many shelter homes and rescue animals around the world. So, why not adopt and give life a new meaning, for a furry fellow waiting out there, with its bright, honest eyes filled with love and gratitude?

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