You would think from the comments to my last blog that people feel very guilty when they procrastinate. I find that really funny as I never feel guilty when I procrastinate.
Apparently, there are three types of procrastinators, Delayers put things off for all sorts of reasons, Perfectionists don’t let go of something until it is perfect and Distractibles are people who are easily distracted by bright shiny objects.
No matter what type of procrastinator you happen to be, most people seem to feel some form of guilt, anxiety, dissatisfaction, depression or self-loathing when they procrastinate.
Silly, silly, silly. This must be something like left-over guilt from toilet training when one is young. After all, if you aren’t late at delivering something you promised,who cares if you did it at the last minute or weeks ago? Why do we think it is better to do things early that to do it late. After all, what does it really matter when you do it, as long as it is of acceptable quality and on time?
In fact the way I think about it, there are a bunch of benefits to procrastinating when trying to do something:
- Whatever you have to do might get cancelled before you get to it.
- You get to do things you like more first.
- You get more time to figure out what to do. (If I had more time I would have written a shorter letter.)
- You can get it all done at once.
So it’s time to take off the shackles of unwarranted value judgements designed in the Victorian age to benefit the early bird who gets lots of worms. Stop feeling guilty about doing things at the last minute. Who really cares when you do something?
Procrastination is much better that not getting stuff done. These are the people who really should feel guilty, the ones who don’t produce. And the funny thing is that the non-producers don’t feel guilty about their lack of production. So why should you feel guilty about procrastinating?
And to add to that, the procrastinator looks like the one who really comes through in crunch time; performing ever so gracefully while staring that deadline in the face.
So take that, early bird! Your hard work in the beginning hardly seems important when Johnny-come-lately shows up to drive home that final nail.
(p.s. thank you early birds. We couldn’t have done it without you.)
Wishing Charles and all the Material Minds out there a safe and happy weekend.