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Active procrastination

Posted on: January 12, 2020


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Did you make a new year’s resolution and have you broken it already? Other than not setting resolutions right or being ill-disciplined, you might have procrastinated.

But procrastination gets a bad name. Sometimes it can be good if you know you are introducing a purposeful delay for the good of something else. This is called active or productive procrastination.

I recently exercised this option when I avoided email and requests during an almost two-month long hiatus last year. If I did not procrastinate on responding, I would not have kept promises to myself and my family.

I only responded after my email auto-notification ran the clock. There were inherent risks of doing this, of course. But I kept my word: I said I would not respond during my hiatus and got back to work after.

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