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The Art of PRODUCTIVE PROCRASTINATION: How to Trick Your Brain into Getting Stuff Done

Yep, you read that right—turning the art of putting things off into a productivity superpower! Now, if you're anything like me, you've probably perfected the fine art of procrastination to Olympic levels.

But fear not, my fellow avenger of avoidance, because I've got some tricks up my sleeve to help you harness that procrastination mojo and actually get stuff done.

venn diagram about procrastination - meme

So settle in for some procrastination pro tips that are guaranteed to make your inner perfectionist proud (or at least slightly less disappointed)!

What is Productive Procrastination?

Alright, let's start with the basics. Productive procrastination is like the rebellious cousin of regular procrastination. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through cat memes or reorganizing your sock drawer for the hundredth time, you're putting off one task by actually tackling another.

It's like saying, "Hey, brain, I know you want to avoid writing that report, so how about we organize the spice rack instead?" Sneaky, right?

Why We Love to Procrastinate (and Why It's Not Always a Bad Thing)

Now, before we dive into the nitty-gritty of overcoming procrastination, let's take a moment to appreciate why we love it so darn much.

For us highly sensitive, introverted ladies (and maybe even those of us who are proudly neurodivergent or dance to the beat of our own ADHD drum), procrastination can be a coping mechanism—a way to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of our to-do lists.

Plus, sometimes it's just plain fun to put things off and indulge in a little bit of Netflix binge-watching guilt-free. Whose with me?

But here's the thing: while procrastination might give us a temporary reprieve from the stress of looming deadlines, it often leaves us feeling even more anxious and overwhelmed in the long run. That's where productive procrastination swoops in to save the day!

Tips to Master the Art of Productive Procrastination

Embrace the Power of the Pomodoro Technique

Ah, the Pomodoro Technique—every procrastinator's secret weapon. Set a timer for 25 minutes, tackle a task with laser-like focus, then reward yourself with a short break. Rinse and repeat until that to-do list is conquered like a boss.

picture of three pomodoro tomatoes

Make a Procrastination Playlist

Who says productivity can't be fun? Create a playlist of your favorite feel-good tunes to crank up while you tackle those dreaded tasks. Trust me, nothing gets the creative juices flowing quite like a little Beyoncé or Prince.

Channel Your Inner Marie Kondo

Take a page out of Marie Kondo's book and declutter and organize your workspace before diving into your tasks. You don't have to go all KonMari Method but a little purging of the things that don't bring you joy can always make a space less cluttered.

As someone with ADHD, I am a firm believer that a tidy environment equals a tidy mind—or at least that's what I keep telling myself as I shove yet another pile of papers into a drawer.

women folding shirts using the Marie Kondo KonMari Method

Break It Down, Baby

Feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of a task? Break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Not only will it make the task feel less daunting, but you'll also get that satisfying dopamine hit every time you check something off your list.

Reward Yourself (Because You Deserve It)

Rewards, bribes, whatever you want to call them, they work. If I can bribe myself with a Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew, I will write a whole blog post on rewards and why I base my entire life around them. Spoiler alert: it's because they work!

Remember to reward yourself for your hard work, whether it's with a bowl of ice cream, a cozy cup of tea (or Nitro Cold Brew), or a guilt-free hour of scrolling through Instagram. Hey, you earned it!

Starbucks nitro cold brew in a plastic cup


So, there you have it, my fellow procrastination aficionados—your mini guide to mastering the art of productive procrastination.

Remember, it's not about completely eliminating procrastination from your life (because let's face it, that's about as likely as me suddenly becoming a morning person), but rather learning to harness its powers for good.

Procrastination, if you must do it, at least make it productive

So go forth, my procrastination warriors, and conquer those to-do lists like the superwomen you are. And hey, if all else fails, there's always tomorrow, right?


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