3 Great Reasons to Procrastinate

February 16th, 2010

If you read a lot of personal development blogs, they’ll give you a ton of tips on how to stop procrastinating.  But why?

Why does procrastination get such a bad rap?  I think procrastination can be GREAT!

Sure, there’s those tales about how bad things happen when you procrastinate, but there can also be fabulous results when you procrastinate.   Here are three of the more positive aspects of procrastination:

1. Better decision-making

I think this is the #1 reason why a lot of people need to consider  procrastinating.

We all typically make better decisions when we “sleep on it”.  It’s been proven time and time again.  Science proves it.

Sure, there’s the allure of being the “quick decision-maker”.  But most quick decision-makers make really bad decisions and then spend more time either cleaning up the mess they made or blaming everyone else for the bad results.

“Why decide today when you can decide after a good night’s rest?”

-Carlon Haas

2. Lower stress

I know some people who get all bent out of shape if they wait to finish something.  But I find those people are a bit on the OCD side.  Hurrying up to do something when you have plenty of time to do it is just adding to your stress.

I’ve heard this line a lot, “I just want to get it DONE.”

And I always reply, “the work will still be there in the morning.”

If you have time to do something right then and there, then by all means do it.  But I’m not going to work overtime to do something that I can just as easily do first thing in the morning, just for that warm and fuzzy feeling of “getting it done.”

“Do tomorrow what has to be done tomorrow”

-Carlonous Haasous

3. Save Money

“What’s it going to take to put this car in your garage today?

-unknown car salesman

“Don’t know if I can do it, but if I could, would you buy this chariot today?

-unknown Roman chariot salesman

In sales, salespeople are taught to get people to buy NOW.  Why?

Because if you have time to stop and think about what you’re doing, then you probably won’t buy it.

Do I blame salesmen for pushing you to buy now?  Heck no.  Statistics back them up!  If you take time to think about what you’re doing, you typically won’t buy.

Now some of you might be thinking I am only referring to impulse buying.  Well, that’s part of it.  By waiting to buy things, you automatically stop impulse buying.  When you wait, you’ll find that you don’t need things as much as you thought you did.

But there’s more to it than that.  You’ll save A LOT more money by procrastinating on purchasing big things. Whether it’s a car, your home, or whatever, you are much better off making your decision later rather than sooner.

Yeah, some people will tell you that you could lose out on your dream house, car, etc. if you don’t decide quickly.  But honestly, how many times has that happened to you?  And if it did, was it because you didn’t move fast enough?

You’ll save a ton of money by procrastinating.  I always do.

“Save today.  Buy tomorrow.”

-Carlon Haasasaki

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