It’s finally summer! You probably can’t wait to go to the beach and relax, or just sit back and enjoy your day. But wait! There are things you’re supposed to do! And that kills the joy right out of your excitement as soon as you remember it. Then you think, “hmmmm, maybe I can do it later?” Boom – the immediate response is guilt!
What would you say if we told you it doesn’t have to be this way? That you can actually enjoy and put off your obligations without worrying about your supposed ‘slacking off’? You would be delighted, wouldn’t you? As you should be.
Let us give you some ‘excuses’ that will let you procrastinate a bit, guilt-free (notice the word bit).
You have been working hard up to this point and you deserve a break from your normal must-do-this-asap-or-the-world-will-end routine. Give yourself some time to enjoy this summer; after all, it’s the ideal season for kicking back a little.
You are not alone!
You are not the only one who wants to put things off for later so there’s no reason to feel guilty about it. Most of us feel the same way. And we can always help each other out, right?
If you’re a student, for example, you can afford to procrastinate when you get stuck or when you just need a break. You can use sites like Thinkswap to exchange notes, so you don’t have to worry about missing something, since everything will be waiting for you when you come back.
The same applies to people who work. You can always ask for assistance from your colleagues. They will understand, but make sure to help them back. You don’t want to be ungrateful.
Oh, and let us stress it out once more – you should procrastinate just a bit! Don’t let it stretch into true laziness.
Priorities will come first
Being a responsible person we assume you are (or you wouldn’t even be reading this and just procrastinate without any guilt or need to justify it!), you are not even thinking about putting off the important things.
An important exam? You’re on it, we are sure. A project of great significance to your company? You have it covered. So, it’s ok to leave things that can be done later for later.
Again, do not overdo it and only put off the least significant tasks. Otherwise, you might seem irresponsible.
How many times have you had a problem understanding your study material, or you’ve been reading documents that made no sense. You try to push through and only end up making things worse.
The solution to your problem? Leaving this task for later and coming back to it with a clear head. You put aside your books or papers and go for a swim or for a walk. After you come back, there’s a great chance that your subconscious mind has already figured out the solution.
There have also been cases where putting something off has resulted in finding unexpected alternative options (better notes for your exam) or additional resources (new colleague). But don’t expect this to happen too often.
We decided to leave this for the end because we feel this is the one that should matter the most.
Everyone is constantly under a lot of stress. People who can honestly say they don’t feel stressed are exceptionally rare.
Our subconscious often sends us alerts when we really want to put something off. And those signals are saying: Stop! It’s just not working! If we choose to ignore it, it will only increase our dissatisfaction, which will, in turn, lead to stress.
So, if you really, really don’t want to do something and you feel like you can’t do it at this point, don’t feel guilty if you leave it for later. It’s a far better option than to worry and not do it correctly in the end.
So, no, you’re not a bad person for procrastinating. Call it relaxing, gathering your energy or rethinking your strategy; just don’t feel guilty about it. You can allow yourself to procrastinate a bit, we all can.