Als je ‘t nu niet doet, wanneer dan wel?
If you don’t do it now, when will you!
Procrastination is an all too big part of my life. I am highly skilled in the art of putting things off until the very last minute. I’m quite proud of the fact that I manage to get things done to a high level while just scraping the deadline. If you want me to be more productive, give me less time to do something. I firmly believe that pressure is for tyres. If it causes me stress, it’s not doing its job correctly. It drives me; it motivates me… more often than not to do other things than what I am supposed to be doing! Nevertheless, procrastination makes me a more productive person (along with coffee & stroopwafels)!
Today, after a morning of SPSS in the library, I tactfully grabbed coffee with a friend to avoid going home to complete the data analysis chapter of my thesis. We started talking about the looming deadline of this masterpiece. I suddenly realised that I’ve done more work on it in the last 3 days than I have in the last 12 months! This got me thinking…
Do I work well under pressure because I procrastinate or do I procrastinate because I work well under pressure?
Yes, I know…To use a phrase that is bandied about the internet lately… MIND BLOWN! It turns out, I enjoy working under pressure. I get a kick from it. I am more productive, more dynamic and more disciplined at the last minute. I put off a lot of things because at the time they seem tedious, however when I finally get around to doing them, I really enjoy myself. The thing is, would I have enjoyed them as much if I didn’t procrastinate for so long? We may never know…..!!
On that note, it’s finally time for me to tackle this final draft of my thesis. If it weren’t for the last minute, I would get nothing done! Are you a serial procrastinator too? Why do you procrastinate? Are you procrastinating right now by reading this? Don’t worry, it’ll just make you a more dynamic, adaptable and capable person in the long term!