Benefits of Procrastination

The discovery of revolutionary ideas often come from unexpected sources of inspiration, and sometimes the best insights emerge from the most banal activities, typically labeled procrastination. 

Cultural icons that have shaped our world including Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs and Elon Must have embraced procrastination, but warn that the often vilified activity has a catch.

As with most things in life procrastination must be treated with balance.

Individuals should be encouraged to allow themselves just the right amount of procrastination to spark creativity.

Too much will inevitably hamper the creative process, while too little will not allow for the right amount separation from daily responsibilities that encourages creative freedom. In this way procrastination has a curvilinear relationship between too much and too little. 

Ensuring that procrastination can have positive effect demands exploring how an individual procrastinates rather than the why they do it. 

At the most basic level people procrastinate in order to give their brain a break from the complex thinking demanded of the organ throughout the day. 

For companies that aim to consistently develop new ground breaking products, allowing for procrastination may sound counter-intuitive, however it is a fundamental part of how human beings think and separate their thought processes between different ideas and activities. 

Simply put, a degree of flexibility that can allow for procrastination among colleagues and employees is required on the part of managers and business leaders. The secret is finding the right balance that makes procrastination a positive and contributing aspect of the everyday working experience of all stakeholders. 

Here, Adam Grant, a professor at Wharton School of Business, New York Times columnist and author of "Originals" explains how we can discover this illusive balance, and how it can be harnessed for the benefit of individuals and organizations. 

 

 

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