Are you a procrastinator or pro-crastinator? The first panics and the second has confident. The first has the blueprints unfurled all over the place and the second has them organized and stacked. The first is always afraid of being late and the second has 15-30 percent spare time left for verifying every single thing. You get my point – the first one is an amateur and the second one is a pro at procrastinating.
My journey from procrastination to pro-crastination took me a few years. I put a stop to the genial habit when I started to get buried by unending obligations. Mainly at work because you can always mess up your homework but making mistakes in your career might cost millions of dollars for the company.
First Time Experiencing Pro-Crastination
I tried to figure out my time-usage and timewasting all at once by constructing a project called “Time Worthy”. This delightful yet serious-sounding project contains a few experiments and were all focused on completing the same kinds of projects in various ways. I told my employer about the ideas and that the end results may end up being used as a template in the upcoming contracts. He got so excited that he nearly choked up on his coffee (at the end, it was a pro bono).
Picking Up a Project
The prefabricated projects for my “Time Worthy” precious had to be simple, easy to handle yet yielding prime results. I chose to write reports for the department of market analysis. Usually reports had to be in a range of 2-10 pages depending on the company, and covering topics like backgrounds of the companies, financial results of the present time and predictions of the future. The prophecies were not taken into account in the official productions and they were only for my boss to get to know more about my thoughts.
Short Description of the Process
In order to have results as precise as they could be, the range was set to be 5 pages. Not more, not less.
First I had to write the entire report in one sitting, at the very beginning of the project. That harmed not only the pace but my mental health. I’m not a Harvard graduate, I don’t have the same superpower of concentration like the elites.
Second experiment was to split up the work into three sections – background, present time and forecast. That took me around 20% more time, but my energy level was noticeably better, thus yielded better writings but took me more time because of the relaunching of the concentration. You know, like restarting a car in winter. The motor must be reheated in every session after a cool off.
The last part was more familiar to most of us – the genuine procrastination when every task is pushed to the end of the timeline. The ones who know about Parkinson’s Law usually think they are using the system to procrastinate but clearly they haven’t comprehended the core of the theory.
Procrastinators, in general are overestimating their abilities in proportion to the time usage, which leads to delays.
Based on the previous experiments, I have only reserved three hours for the third report. Maybe because of the experience that is acquired during the first one, I managed to produce the entire text in only a couple of hours. You can imagine my elation of that moment.
Nevertheless, in conclusion, I have gathered pros and cons below:
- Procrastination is efficient when it is used correctly
- Procrastination saves time if the calculation of your ability in proportion to the time usage is done right
- Procrastination provides assistant on your time planning, beginning from the other end
- Procrastination can do much harm if not planned nor executed correctly
- Procrastination can lead to overestimation of your ability of completing a task in time
- Procrastination can enhance laziness and the end product may be increased amount of stress
Either you are a procrastinator or pro-crastinator, I do not recommend being either one. Nothing beats the relief and freedom of being stress free. I prefer finishing given tasks at least 30 percent ahead of time so there would be space for verifications or…sleeps.
Thank you sharing this moment with me. Until next time!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Davie Chen