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Three Types of Procrastination… and Why 2 are Good

Everyone knows what procrastination is:
It’s when we put off things that seem difficult or unpleasant.

But there’s more to procrastination than that. And not all forms of procrastination are bad.

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This video is part of course module number 1.6.1
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 1: Effective Working

Relevant videos in the same section as this video include:
– The Power of Habits: Productivity through Effective Working
– Milestones and Deadlines for Self-Motivation and Greater Productivity
– Failure of Multitasking: The Multitasking Myth
– Overcome Overwhelm: Dealing with the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed
– Conquer Procrastination: How to Avoid Putting Things Off
– The Flow State… and How Flow Can Help You Work Effectively

Procrastination is putting off things that seem difficult or unpleasant. You do something else instead: a “displacement activity” that displaces the other activity that would be a better use of your time.

This is Purposeless Procrastination
Purposeless Procrastination is putting something off for no good reason, and with no incidental benefit.

Two positive forms of procrastination:

Purposive Procrastination.
Putting something off with conscious intent, because there will be a better time to tackle it.

Your intention with purposive procrastination is to choose the right moment. That allows for scheduling, to take account of, for example:
• efficiencies of doing several like-things together
• effectiveness of doing things when you’re prepared with the right skills, tools, materials, or information
• convenience of doing something when it suits you
• coordination with other activities that need to precede or succeed it
• respect for the availability of other people who need or want to contribute
• …and, there are some tasks that, if you put them off, will become time expired before you get around to doing them. Don’t know the answer? Let time decide.

Purposeful Procrastination
Purposeful Procrastination is putting something off so that you can do something else instead.

For example, if you spot an opportunity to do something, or the mood seizes you, or you get a flash of inspiration. In that moment, you know that following that mood is the best possible use of your time, so you do it, and purposefully postpone what you were going to be doing.

Purposeful procrastination can also be a planned strategy. You might choose to delay doing something to create time for something else that is more pressing.

1. Next time you are about to put something off, ask yourself: is your procrastination purposive, purposeful, or merely purposeless? (1 MC CPD Point)
2. For prposeful procrastination, heck out our video, Conquer Procrastination: How to Avoid Putting Things Off – https://youtu.be/YK0u1yXGYlY

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I’ll be as modest as I can. I’m a bit of an expert on effective working, personal productivity & time management: 4 best-selling books:
– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
This is the one where I describe the three kinds of procrastination.
– The Time Management Pocketbook
– How to Manage Your Time
– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact

And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating

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Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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