Shouldn’t you be studying?
You! Yes, you. I see you through the screen.
There’s still a chance, log out of facebook and get back to work. I’m waiting…
Well if you’re still reading this, chances are you are a procrastinator, just like me. Welcome to the club!
In the course of writing this article, I checked my phone 87 times, despite pledging my full commitment to this article before I got down to writing this. You can say that procrastination is in my jeans, sorry genes.
Because let’s face it, life in 2016 is hard, especially when you have the whole wide world on your fingertips. I mean your grandparents belonging to the “Kal kare so aaj kar” clan obviously didn’t have to worry about landing up on the weird side of YouTube, watching funny cat videos. (Sorry Kabir, but your doha just doesn’t get me).
I would like to think of myself as putting the ‘pro’ in procrastination. So, here I (finally) start my ode to putting things off for another day by sharing how this habit can actually benefit you.
1. Bill Gates famously said that he would always “hire a lazy person to do a difficult job” at Microsoft “because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it”.
I have never been the eager-beaver type. If I jump right into the task at hand, an assignment for example, I always end up spending more time than necessary on it. It’s only the last minute pressure that I am automatically able to distinguish what’s important and what’s not. The stress enables me to narrow down and prioritise well. Because, work will always swell to fill the amount of time allotted to it.
2. Bill Gates reference #2 : “To be a good professional engineer, always start to study late for exams.” Why? “Because it teaches you how to manage time and tackle emergencies.”
This is also the reason why I have developed the ability to stay calmer than others when last-minute tasks crop up. During a recent job placement, a surprise time-bound written test was conducted. While everyone else became jittery, I was pretty composed and sailed through that surprise round with ease as the pressure didn’t get to me. Racing against time at the end moment is every procrastinator’s superpower.
3. What do ‘Wake Up Sid’ and ‘Modern Family’ have in common?
Two slackers- Sid Mehra and Haley Dunphy. While the former failed college, the latter was kicked out of it. But while both of them were drinking and partying their time away instead of working, they both found their calling in life. Sid never went anywhere without his camera, guiding him to become an intern as a photographer at Mumbai Beat. Haley, the fashionista, similarly becomes an assistant to fashion designer Gavin Sinclair after launching a fashion blog. She later even started a social media marketing business with her group of girlfriends owing to the numerous contacts she made partying throughout her college days. She even helps her realtor father sell a house and made $500 for successfully promoting a hookah bar. Procrastination helps you discover the undiscovered in you.
So it might not be a foolproof system but hey, we all have our flaws, don’t we? Long story short, is your procrastination trying to tell you something?