The advantages of Active Procrastination

12 Aug



Procrastination is something we all do and often those who procrastinate too much are thought to lack the drive to get things done. This however, isn’t necessarily true.  Procrastination needn’t be a bad thing and those who actively procrastinate can use it to their advantage and become quiet successful. So what I am saying is that, that half an hour you spend playing BingoGodz in-between editing essays or researching an assignment needn’t be a bad thing or stop you from getting things done and may in fact help keep you on track and limit stress. Serial procrastinators like myself, can utilize their desire to procrastinate to not only complete the tasks they need to but do so whilst managing stress and task-related anxiety.

Don’t believe me? Well, hear me out:



Finding the motivation to achieve your goals


Nobody works well when angry, frustrated or bored out of his or her mind. Procrastination allows one to set a task aside and have a carefree break. My Mother always says ” Walk away and come back to it with a clear head” and guess what? This totally works for me. As an Active Procrastinator I have no trouble leaving a task à moitié fait in lieu of playing a few Internet games or responding to emails. This is because I know when I do come back to such task my mind will be clear, I will be less frustrated and able to focus. Plus the added buzz of accomplishing whatever else I set off to do, no matter how small it may have been gives me that little bit more of a push to get working on the task at hand to regain that satisfaction.


Generally, as I procrastinate and put more and more things ahead of actually completing an important task I spend a hell of a lot more time thinking about such task and the diminishing time I have to complete it. I may not want to write that essay and won’t, but Instead I will spend hours developing ideas, researching and thinking outside the box without putting fingertips to keyboard or even opening a Word doc. Basically I will find anything else other than actually writing the darn thing to do. These ideas and research are often the basis of a great final result and something I would have never thought of if completing such task was my number one priority and sole focus.


Some of my best work is work I have completed in lieu of not doing something else. Ask any procrastinator and they will tell you that a lot of time and dedication goes into a task that is being undertaken as a way of avoiding another.


Not everyone produces his or her best work across a long time period.  In fact, some people are more successful when they are given a tight time constraint and a strict deadline. For those who know that this is how they operate, sometimes becoming an active procrastinator is the key to success and results.


So there you have it 4 general reasons why Active Procrastination can be beneficial to success and happiness. Don’t get me wrong Passive Procrastination which often leads to afternoons of nothingness is far different to Active Procrastination but if you are able to channel your Procrastination Actively you are well on your way to becoming what I like to call a Productive Procrastinator.  What do you think? Are you a serial procrastinator who uses this trait to your benefit? And if so, how?


Want to learn more?

Learn more about Structured Procrastination here.

Professor Frank Partnoy tells us why procrastination is good for us in this interview.

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21 Responses to “The advantages of Active Procrastination”

  1. Natalie August 13, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Oh, great post!
    I’m a procrastinator, hahaha :D I rather want to play games in between than do my actual work, but you are right: sometimes I get new ideas through that. I also benefits my blogging!

  2. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie August 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    GREAT post! I’m definitely guilty of this… <3

  3. Casey Lindberg-Coghill August 14, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    Great post! I agree that there can actually be benefits to procrastinating. When I was teaching high school English, some of my greatest lesson ideas came to me when I took a break from what I was doing to fold laundry, grab coffee with a friend, etc. Sitting hunched over my laptop for hours stifled my creativity sometimes and made it impossible to come up with innovative ideas for my students. That said, sometimes procrastination can make things way more stressful, so it’s all a balancing act. :)

  4. Betzy Carmona August 14, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Interesting GIG

  5. Kumiko Mae August 14, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Sometimes, procrastination works for me too! :D

    Kumiko Mae

  6. Alia August 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I definitely agree that breaks are really important. It’s just as important to focus as it is to give your brain a break and get refreshed.

  7. Mrs. Gaeul August 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I read online that procrastinators often are perfectionists, so they procrastinate when they aren’t in the mood to do their best work. After they finally feel the mojo, they get working and do very well!

  8. Tianna August 15, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    funny, but really true and insightful!

  9. Sana Sadiq August 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    So cool :-D Great share

  10. Dr_PoisonIvy August 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    hahaha im a procastinator too

  11. Maxinne Marie August 16, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    More often than not, I procrastinate too! Hahaha. And end up doing the work I need to do under pressure. I’d like to think I can work well under pressure. Lol. Great post!

  12. Cindy Tong August 17, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    i guess i procrastinate too much!

  13. Beautiful Kayekie August 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Now you’re talking my kinda language, haha! I couldn’t agree with you more, this was a great post! <3

  14. We Share Beauty August 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    I agree 100% ! We are bloggers… ideas and inspiration cant just popped in our mind within certain length of time that we told ourselves as a deadline. Everything that we do (even procrastinating) is leading us to what we are now :)

  15. Genzel August 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    I totally agree with this. I remember when I was in college, I always study when the exams are near and guess what, I tend to memorize more when I procrastinate :D

  16. Kajsa Josephine August 20, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Thank you for such a great read! Procrastination is my speciality ;)

  17. bellezakisses August 20, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    I’m a huge procrastinator. Glad to know it’s not always looked down on.

  18. Emma @ Manicurity August 23, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    This is such a great post that I TOTALLY agree with! I think procrastinating can definitely help manage stress :) I like to use the Pomodoro technique which helps you focus on a single task for 25 minutes, then gives you 5 minutes to do whatever you want!

  19. Somdyuti D. Ray September 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    And all this while, I thought I was a bad kid because I’m into procrastination more than I care to admit. Atleast now we can give reasons to people that, Procrastination is not a bad thing afterall. It’s actually very helpful LOL. :D

  20. eyahnism September 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I think procrastinating is my hobby. lol. ;) hehe



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