I’m really bad for procrastinating. When I have a deadline looming – working or studying – I’ll start finding other things to do. While I always meet the deadlines, I often look for signs that I’m starting to procrastinate. The problem is, sometimes, procrastination is actually good for you. You start to get things done that you wouldn’t normally do?

Yeah, right! I’m sure many of you are screaming at your computer screens. Well, it’s true. I’ve gotten a lot done when I should be working on other projects (this is one when I know I have a deadline on Friday!). So, when is procrastination good for you?

I've Booked My Hotel for October

I’m going away in October for a friend’s wedding. Booking the hotel has been one of the things on my to-do list and I know that the sooner it’s done the better but I’ve been putting it off – or just keep forgetting about it! Over the last few days, I’ve had a writing project about hotels and travel and it got me thinking about the hotel that I need to book. Instead of writing, I went on the website of the hotel that the wedding is being held and enquired about the prices of the rooms and availability and started searching to see if I could get it cheaper elsewhere.

The hotel is now booked for the two nights that we’ll be away – and in good time because the rooms on one of the nights are going quick. I can now rest easy knowing that we have somewhere to stay while away instead of rushing around at the last minute trying to get places booked.

I Finished My Resubmission Essay

A few weeks ago, I was procrastinating with studying. I just couldn’t get into the mood to study the module that I was meant to and knew that I had a resubmission due. Instead of sticking to the Open University’s timetable, I focused my efforts on the resubmission and handed it in three days early, happy that I’m sure I’ve done enough to pass.

I also looked at my options for the future. I want to be a solicitor in Scotland but the only law degree that I could do was an England and Wales one through the Open University – it would mean that I’d need to do the two-year accelerated one in Scotland. That got me thinking about the cost of all the programmes and whether I really needed to work on one of the hardest and expensive degrees since the accelerated course would accept students with any degree. I opted for switching to a Criminology and Psychological Studies degree programme instead.

This has actually meant my current module is no longer needed so I’ve taken myself off it. I’ve now got more time to work on my projects and look after my daughter until October, when I start a much easier module.

I've Been Working on My Blogs and Personal Projects

I always put my own projects to one side. I have an aim to earn $500 per month in residual income by the end of this year (and so far it’s not going very well). I simply don’t have the energy to work on so much. Part of my procrastination is working on my own goals, blogs and personal projects. I now have a calendar for all my writing work that I have to stick to and fit in time to work on other personal projects that won’t bring in money yet but will in the future.

I’ve also been working more on my writing, honing my skills and working on getting higher paying clients. I’ve spent more time reading other people’s blogs while I should have been doing work. This has helped the work that I’ve been doing and will help me in my future.

So, that’s just three ways in which my procrastination has actually helped me. I don’t spend my free time on social media sites – I spend them doing other things that will help, whether now or in the future. Yes, procrastination is often bad but if it wasn’t for it, I’d still be writing for very little and stuck in the monotony of writing the same pieces of information over and over again! In honesty, I was starting to lose passion for my writing until procrastination has helped give me a new direction.