In my last blog I talked about creativity being an energy, and discussed how it has an ebb and flow. Wrapped up in that creative rhythm is procrastination. Everyone procrastinates, and it is given a very negative connotation. I feel that sometimes we need to procrastinate to work through blockages, before we move on. When I procrastinate I usually pick something that I really want to do as my escape from the responsible thing I am meant to be accomplishing. I enjoy my time working on a project that I may not otherwise do. During that time, I think about life, my other projects, and the thing I am "supposed" to be doing. I often come to a conclusion to why I am not working on my obligation. I can problem solve much more easily when I do not feel pressured to be doing something because I have to. By procrastinating, I am able to release myself from the restraints and the frustrations of duties and open my mind to flow without added burdens. I can then process many possibilities, decide the best approach. I am able get back to my obligation and plug along.
Life coaches, creative coaches, therapists and many other experts suggest it is beneficial to write goals in your calendar with a specific date, or time for completion, and be determined to make it happen. As much as I agree with this approach, and follow it for most things; I find having a procrastination project very helpful. I have stopped considering procrastination a bad thing. It's my brain telling me I need a break. I am not quite ready for the next step yet, for whatever reason. I just have to be aware of not to get too wrapped up in my procrastination project that I don't move on with my other tasks at hand.
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Has anyone else considered why they procrastinate? Have you found it helpful, or do you still see it as a negative blockage keeping you from being productive? I always love to know your thoughts. Comment below!