Triumph procrastinators. Why do some things better to do at the last moment?

It is worth a moment to escape from work to look into the social networks, or keep the case, to see the film, inner critic starts to blame procrastination. Is it so dangerous to be lazy, or have a task to perform that effective at the last moment?

Triumph procrastinators. Why do some things better to do at the last moment?

Today everyone is talking about effectiveness. Any deviation from the work schedule makes it an offense to the company, the manager and the team called a terrible word "procrastination". Drink a cup of coffee or talk to a friend on the phone during working hours is considered unacceptable, special programs monitor the activity on the Internet, and the boss disapproving shakes his head, noticed the absence of the employee opinion at the meeting.

Procrastination is not the most terrible thing in the world. Many inventors, musicians and writers were procrastinators. Mozart wrote his famous overture to the opera "Don Giovanni" in the morning on opening day after a fun night out with friends.

Some things are better done at the last moment

David Allen, author of the bestseller about productivity "Getting Things Done" (MIF, 2001), wrote that perform some tasks better just before the deadline.

If you have twice as much time, you do not cope with the task in half the time, but will get a double dose of stress

Despite the reputation gurus of time management, he prefers to pack a suitcase just before the trip, explaining it this way: "If I give myself more time to pack things, I spend all this time on the packaging. But not something to put things, and thinking about what to put in the suitcase. Whether casual sweater to take? Put one or two pairs of shoes? Will I have time to run during a business trip? Very cold or not? And so on, ad infinitum. "

David Allen says that if he would have twice as much time on luggage, it is not up to the task twice as better or faster, but it certainly will get a double dose of stress.

There are things that should not be delayed

If the routine cases can be left for later, the creative tasks, such as writing a picture or a piece of music, should not be delayed.

To do something at the last moment, the two conditions are necessary.

1. Know exactly how long it takes have the task. Such an approach can not be applied practically to the creative activity, although some creative people like to work under pressure. They say that sometimes at the last moment overshadow their brilliant ideas. Note the word "sometimes".

Inspiration usually comes after the topic thoroughly researched and thought out

Is it worth the risk in the hope that the muse will visit you for five minutes before the deadline? In addition, illumination, usually comes after the topic thoroughly researched and thought out.

2. Consciously decide that you do it at the last moment. If you think so, do not torment yourself with doubts. Otherwise, you get more stress than the benefits of their procrastination. David Allen gives this advice: "Make an appointment with yourself. It should be a conscious choice, so that the restless part of your nature does not drain your energy through meditation like "it seems I should not do that."

Source: Inc.