Ways You Can Practise Productive Procrastination


Sometimes I like to say that my middle name is "procrastination" because of the amount of time I have spent avoiding doing important things in my life. I get distracted so easily - especially from my phone and the internet in general - that a lot of the ideas in my head just get wasted and nothing gets done. 

I honestly can't remember where I read it, but I happened upon a practice called "productive procrastination" and the way it was interpreted was that when you're feeling distracted and can't be bothered to do what needs to be done, then you should do something that's going to benefit you rather than just scrolling social media for hours on end. 

This will probably be best explained by giving you a few examples:

Read/listen to some personal development
Learning how to better yourself, love yourself and know your worth and potential is probably one of the most fulfilling things I have discovered over the past few years. Simply reading a book on this has given me a whole new perspective on how I view life and the actions I take to push me towards my goals. It's definitely been a complete game changer for me.

Learning to control your thoughts, your feelings, your worries and just focus on the present is the most refreshing thing. It helps you remember to live in the moment and that you needn't worry about things that are beyond your control. It most definitely has left me feeling calmer and more relaxed after doing it. 

Coming from me, this sounds a bit hypocritical, but when I say exercise, I don't necessarily mean having a hardcore session at the gym. It can be anything from going for a walk, doing a bit of yoga, or just having a stretch in the morning. Anything to get you moving and get your blood flowing is great for you and can also help to clear your mind.

Start learning that thing
Is there something that you've been wanting to do for ages? Learn photography? A language maybe? Whenever you have a spare 15 mins or so, do something that will lead you towards "that thing" that you've been wanting to do for ages. A little every day gets you into good habits, and it may even lead to a bigger project for yourself. Even doing things that will help towards what you're procrastinating will be massively helpful; so as before, let's say you've got a photography project, you could be researching cameras or collecting inspiration for example. 

If you do things that will better you when you don't feel like doing what you're supposed to be doing then it's a million times more beneficial for you than just sitting around mindlessly scrolling the internet. I know I'm going to start actively trying to do this more often!

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