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Procrastination actually helps us achieve more.

December 14, 2011

There is a negative correlation between planning ahead and good grades. Don’t believe me? Check it out.

This is also confirmed in a study conducted at MIT which highlights the difference between deadlines others set for us and those we set for ourselves.

A control group was given the semester’s assignments with evenly spaced due dates through the term. Another group had the choice of choosing their own deadlines. Surprisingly (or maybe not), most of the group knew they would procrastinate if they chose to have all of their assignments due at the end of the term. Most of these students, however, picked due dates close to the end with small spaces between. But students who picked deadlines similar to the control group performed just as well. This study also found the correlation to be true in work environments where money is a factor.

Your deadlines can be as effective as others’ you if you pick the right ones. 

Basically, our procrastination helps us as long as it is incremental procrastination.

Here’s an idea:

  1. Think about the project, business, application or relationship that scares you the most.
  2. What’s one thing you could do today to make progress on it?
  3. Tweet, text, call or smoke signal someone who you trust to ask you tomorrow if you did that one thing.
  4. Now don’t allow yourself to go to bed until it is complete.

You’re allowed to procrastinate all day long, but if you go to bed without doing it you’re a liar.

If you have an iPhone, Commit will help you out. It’s the best dollar you’ll spend today. Buy it now.


From → Productivity

One Comment
  1. Caleb permalink

    Great post Ky. I bought the app. Thanks for the heads up

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