Benefits of Procrastination

Procrastination is incredibly beneficial.

(SCREEECH Sound Effect) Wait! What? Procrastination is incredibly beneficial.  There I said it—but probably not in the way you think.

I have discovered over the past several years as an entrepreneur that when procrastination begins to creep into my high productivity times, that is a great indicator that I am getting very close to something big.  You see, now when procrastination sneaks in on me, it causes me to stop and take a good deep look at what I am doing and why.

For me, procrastination is an indicator that I:

  • Am afraid of putting something out in the public – usually an indicator that it is something I really care about and want to be cautious
  • Am unsure about my direction  – causes me to dig in deep and go after clarity first and fiercely
  • Am concerned about being controversial – sharing bland, filtered, white-washed content is lousy.  Have an opinion and put it out there.  if some people don’t hate on you for it, it clearly isn’t strong enough,
  • Am not sure people will like it or buy it – this is a key indicator of a half-baked idea.
  • Am not leading, but rather reacting – more times than not, the outcome is inauthentic

For me, procrastination is a fantastic red flag that makes me stop and dig deep to answer the unanswered questions.  It actually is a very beneficial trait that most entrepreneurs continuously try to hide.

Leads to Clarity and Focus

The more I learn about how my mind and soul work, the more helpful it is to pay attention to physical and mental reactions that my body and soul give off.

As long as it does not own you and stop you dead in your tracks, procrastination is a great tool to help you get honest with yourself about what is and is not going on.  So, pay attention to what is going on within you and learn how to identify it.  Then, develop a process to re-frame your goals and actions.

So what are you procrastinating about right now in your life and business?  Now ask yourself why? What are you afraid of? or concerned with? or unsure about?

Next time you catch yourself hemming and hawing around (that’s a Texas term), ask yourself, “what am I unsure about?”   The answer might surprise you and give you clarity.  The answer can even save you money!

Think about that and let me know your thoughts.

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Kevin is a husband to Susie, dad to Natalee and Mallory, step-dad to Carlea and Abbie, a  life-long musician, avid photographer, political junkie, internet addict, and developing author. Connect via Twitter  or Facebook or via Linkedin.  To request a free 20-Minute Breakout Call, click here.

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