Procrastination Is My Writing Superpower
Most people think of procrastination as a bad habit that should be overcome.
I’m not most people.
The truth is, there are some benefits to procrastination that can be helpful for writers.
Understand that writing is a process, and sometimes the pressure to do well right away can produce worse results. Taking your time and letting yourself procrastinate helps you develop better ideas and write more productively because you’re taking as long as you want. Sometimes it’s important to step away from something for a little while.
But first, let’s define that misunderstood “P” word.
What is procrastination, and why do we do it
Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something that needs to be done. Some folks just call it being lazy.
However, there are some benefits to procrastination that can be helpful for writers.
By letting yourself procrastinate, you give your mind time to think of new ideas.
Instead of worrying about the work you need to be doing, you’re able to simply relax for a while and let your subconscious come up with some brilliant storylines or dialogue that would never have occurred had I forced yourself to write something right away.
Some people claim that putting off work helps them focus better on the task at hand. I’ll admit, I’m one of those peeps.
And yet others might feel more focused and productive when they have something hanging over their head, but usually, that isn’t the case. In fact, if you force yourself to work without a break or a chance to procrastinate, it can just make you burn out and lose your motivation for the work.
The benefits of procrastinating as a writer
There are several benefits to procrastinating as a writer.