Mastering Procrastination 5: When Is It Good To Procrastinate?

There are times when procrastination may appear to be a good thing. My son would say sometimes the need to do something passes if you put off doing it long enough. I suspect this is his hope when he doesn’t pick up after himself or doesn’t do the dishes right away. Someone else might do it.

It can be therapeutic to procrastinate our worries, especially if we tend to obsess with multiple iterations of the question, “What if . . .  ?”. If you tend to worry, sometimes it’s better to await the diagnosis before thinking about the treatments you may not need.

Procrastinating acting on anger would be preferable to acting on your initial impulse to honk your horn, give a piece of your mind or flash a hand signal. The other person may be even worse at procrastinating a response to their impulses.

Next: 5 Reasons Why We Procrastinate – and the Solutions

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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