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How To Make Procrastination A Force For Productivity
Over at 99u, iDoneThis cofounder Adrian Chen writes about cultivating the (in)discipline ofstructured procrastination, a productivity technique that cooperates with your urge to put things off, so long as you get other to-do’s done now.
The technique happens in two steps: 
Give in to your urge to procrastinate
Do a less crucial, but still productive, task

The key, then, is to make sure that you’re not clicking through Facebook photos or scrutinizing TMZ instead of doing work, but rather taking on tasks that are less frightful than that Very Important Task that you ought to be getting done. So, in reality, there are three steps: 
Give in to your urge to procrastinate
Avoid time-wasting fluffery
Do a less crucial, but still productive, task
As Chen writes, structured procrastination transforms a negative habit into something much more positive. 
"You can take that feeling of ‘I’d rather do anything than this particular thing’—which normally sends you to sort the sock drawer or go on a Netflix spree—and use it as a force for productivity."
The trick: The to-do list, with the most urgent and important on top, and still-worthwhile tasks live down below. Ergo, in order to not do the Very Important Thing, you do the Still Important Things, so that do-it-later turns into do.
[Image: Flickr user Max Sang]

How To Make Procrastination A Force For Productivity

Over at 99u, iDoneThis cofounder Adrian Chen writes about cultivating the (in)discipline ofstructured procrastination, a productivity technique that cooperates with your urge to put things off, so long as you get other to-do’s done now.

The technique happens in two steps: 

  1. Give in to your urge to procrastinate
  2. Do a less crucial, but still productive, task

The key, then, is to make sure that you’re not clicking through Facebook photos or scrutinizing TMZ instead of doing work, but rather taking on tasks that are less frightful than that Very Important Task that you ought to be getting done. So, in reality, there are three steps: 

  1. Give in to your urge to procrastinate
  2. Avoid time-wasting fluffery
  3. Do a less crucial, but still productive, task

As Chen writes, structured procrastination transforms a negative habit into something much more positive. 

"You can take that feeling of ‘I’d rather do anything than this particular thing’—which normally sends you to sort the sock drawer or go on a Netflix spree—and use it as a force for productivity."

The trick: The to-do list, with the most urgent and important on top, and still-worthwhile tasks live down below. Ergo, in order to not do the Very Important Thing, you do the Still Important Things, so that do-it-later turns into do.

[Image: Flickr user Max Sang]

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Being smart, energetic, and creative won’t save you from procrastination, but knowing the whys and hows of it can be a big help. Here are four things you might not know about your worst habit. Read more->