Procrastination for freelancers – is it really so bad?

So I nearly signed up for a time management course but didn’t get round to it.

I sometimes think that procrastination isn’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be. It may even be a necessary part of how you work.

We all have a dance we do when it comes to work. Some people are super-organised and have everything done and dusted the day before the deadline. Others run right up to the wire but still get everything done just in time.

If you are ultimately getting things done, even if you put them off, then maybe a tendency to procrastinate isn’t too bad after all. Your subconscious mind will still be churning during this time, which is why we need to move our focus away from tasks in order to come back to them with fresh perspective. If you do ‘mind work’ of some sort (writing/performing/anything creative) you will know how much your mind is like an iceberg, and what’s visible is only part of the story.  The real power lies in the stuff under the surface.

The trick is to look out for the procrastination devices which fuel you rather than drain you. This is because it’s all about the energy not the time.

You may love chatting to friends online – it’s good fun and stops you feeling disconnected if you work from home. That’s the sign of a positive procrastination device – there are benefits and it’s not just about wasting time.

Worry is the most shocking energy-drainer. If you can let go of worry and let it float away like a helium balloon, you will feel infinitely lighter for it.

 

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  • I appreciate the way you’re not making procrastination categorically wrong. Procrastination, I believe, often flares when we’re doing something that conflicts with our core values. It’s one of those funky signals that can serve us really well if we learn how to recognize it.

  • That’s interesting and fits with some thoughts I’ve been having about “presenteeism” recently. As long as the work gets done on time, it doesn’t really matter when you do it – as long as you don’t stress yourself out by getting too last minute about it …