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Procrastination Skills

Procrastination Skills are not just the ability to creatively avoid what we are supposed to be doing. They are the skills we develop from prolonged periods of procrastination.

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What are Procrastination Skills?

Procrastination skills are developed to compensate for putting off our work.

The three major issues are:

  • Consistency
  • Balance
  • Confidence

Endurance or Stamina

Develops from the need to work for hours on end without stopping, often without proper sleep or nourishment.

Though endurance is not bad in itself, the mind can become accustomed to the repetition of this short period of heightened activity and over time, creative writers will sometimes call this a lack of inspiration not realizing that they have conditioned their minds to operate this way. 

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Multi-Tasking

the ability to accomplish many tasks at once and manage several thoughts, ideas or concepts at one time.

When multi-tasking is imperative because we have so many things left undone, it denotes a lack of balance.

Above-Average Productivity

Producing a staggering amount of work in a short period of time. A combination of multi-tasking and endurance, above average productivity, can be great but not when it is followed by below- average productivity for an indiscriminate amount of time.

Our confidence suffers in times where we lack the ability to accomplish anything, just as it soars when we are able to exceed expectations.

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How can we use our Procrastination Skills?

The most important thing is not to pretend that we haven’t got these skills! We cannot focus on the negative for too long without falling further into the cycle. Instead, we can figure out a way to use them to our advantage:

1. Useful in crisis and unusual situations. The skills can be applied to last minute changes and unforeseen or unexpected tasks.

2. Great for jobs where the workload is inconsistent. Where the fluctuation from nothing to everything is built into the work, the procrastinator will thrive.

Working well under pressure can be a positive side-effect of being a long term procrastinator.

3. Organization is key, and if we are accustomed to disorganisation, working in an organised environment (whether of our own making or not) increases our productivity even more.

To be more consistent long-term, we actually have to retrain the way we think and organisation may play a big part in that.

Which is way more work than the original project or task, But better late than never! And if we remain patient with ourselves we can practice spacing out the productive spurts by finding aids that help to distribute our time more evenly.

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