3 Benefits of Procrasti-working

How procrastination can actually help you

When I was a design student I was always interested in great typography. One hand-lettering artist I followed was Jessica Hische. I loved her style and I especially loved a poster she made describing “procrasti-working”:

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

At the time I saw this, I thought this meant I was destined to be a front-end web developer. I always spent my time manipulating HTML and CSS for my class projects instead of spending time on the design aspect. (I later learned that neither design nor coding were my forte.)

So what do I do when I procrasti-work now? I write.

Writing has always been my go-to, whether it’s for journaling, school work, or procrastination. It’s relaxing and cathartic, and I feel a little more sane when I write stuff down.

Although procrasti-working takes time away from other priorities, it can actually be beneficial in the following ways:

Help you decide on a career path

When you’re procrasti-working think about what it is you’re actually doing. Could you turn this passion project into a career?

Giving you hobbies

If you can’t turn your passion into a career, then pursue it as a hobby!

Help you work harder

One thing I noticed when I procrastinated was that I wasn’t actually getting anything important done. Sure, I was spending my time the way I wanted to spend it, but at the end of the day, I didn’t accomplish that essay I was supposed to write or that report I was supposed to finish. Procrasti-working can make you more aware of how you’re allotting your time. It made me realize that I need to prioritize certain tasks above others and spend less time surfing the internet. It improved my productivity simply by being more aware.

The average person spends more than 90,000 hours in their lifetime at work. — Business Insider

We spend about 1/3 of our lives working, so we should strive to spend that time doing something we enjoy. I’m trying to switch career fields to something more writing-centric because that’s what I find myself working on when I should be doing more important things. Hopefully procrasti-working helps you find your passion.

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