How to Procrastinate Productively

Procrastination has a bad rep. It is generally seen as unproductive, wasted time. However, procrastination is not always a bad thing. Some even perform better when under pressure. You can use procrastination to increase your productivity in many ways.

Use Wasted Time to Treat Yourself

In the middle of a busy day, take a moment to rub your own shoulders or stand up and stretch. Take a walk around your office. Give yourself 10 minutes of quiet meditation. Never forget to take a lunch break. Steady work strains your brain, and you can burn out easily. Small breaks throughout the day can help to break the monotony of your daily tasks.

Use Wasted Time to Get Little Things Done

There are tons of little things that we neglect because they are very trivial – but they still need to get done. You can use your breaks during work to do little tasks like cleaning out your email, picking out new wallpaper, backing up important files, or cleaning your desk. These are just some of the little neglected tasks that we can work into our procrastination, so we continue to stay productive throughout the day.

Use Wasted Time to Be Active

Some jobs require sitting in one position all day. You can use your breaks to get in daily activity to combat the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Lightly jog around your office or take a brisk walk around the block. You can also do easy exercises like jumping jacks to get your blood pumping and your metabolism going. Fitting exercise into your day is a great way to be a productive procrastinator.

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Not an Oxymoron

It may seem that productive procrastination is an oxymoron, but it is a very real and positive part of a work day. It helps to promote self-care and prevent mental exhaustion while also giving you time to get small tasks done that you’d have normally put off even longer.