There's an opportunity in procrastinating

Mar 28, 2022

I had recently finished screening some 700 job applications (yes, I lived in the times when there WERE such a thing as 700 applicants for one position), and created a Long List of some 50 people 😵to call for the initial job interview. It was Tuesday.

I committed to myself to get to it first thing on Wednesday. Then first thing on Thursday. Then first thing on Friday.

I don`t know about you, but for me, Friday is like a small end of the world, I never bring to Monday my to-does. It`s Friday or never.☠

So, it`s Friday. I have a phone next to me and a list of 50 people to call, and my notebook open, ready to make notes.

I hate calling people so much📵. Don`t get me wrong. I love people. I love to talk to them. I loved doing the interviews. I just always have had this very weird relationship with phones. I might be one of those people who google the unknown number, when someone calls, instead of answering and learning who was it.

I was almost about to call the first of 50 people (I want to believe I was), when suddenly I got this brilliant idea!

I started to work on it, got into the flow, finished, shared it with the team. It was great! This happened some 5 years ago.

🚀Fast forward to 2021, some of you might know The 5-Day-Challenge for creating habits? I created it exactly while postponing to do what I actually was supposed to do.

Today is Thursday, and tomorrow is the last day when I have to do something I have to do, and I just finished creating a new project and can`t wait to start it. AND this article.

Each time, when I procrastinate, I create something amazing.

People procrastinate when they have to do something they are not passionate about or are anxious to do. Procrastination is our way to deal with emotions, such as boredom, insecurity, anxiety. Most people feel worse when they procrastinate. I don`t because I use it as an opportunity.

💡I invite you too, to try something different.

Instead of doing nothing while procrastinating, use it as an opportunity to bring all your energy to something that you love to do.

Here are the benefits:

👉It will prevent you from feeling even worse than you already feel for not crossing off that task on your checklist

👉You will feel energized by doing something that you love

👉You will gain a sense of accomplishment and a good job done

👉You might even get so much needed appreciation from your team for a great new idea or project

What about the task you were supposed to do? I`d love to hear your thoughts on that! I have at least 2 ideas, will share them in the comments after some first responses.🤗




Inuta Sert

Behaviour Shaper & Organizational Psychologist @PARP

Inuta joined our PeopleAtRightPlace team in 2009. She has more than 15 years of experience in supporting people to find their right place, discover their potential and hidden limitations. She has graduated from Psychology department. Even though she loves to dig deep, she does it quickly and rather focuses on how to immediately improve today.

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