We live in a hustle and bustle world. Full of deadlines, sports metaphors, and motivational quotes about smashing through our goals. In the religion of hustle and bustle, there is but one sin:
We have been so indoctrinated into the world of the hustle that even a momentary lapse of procrastination immediately causes guilt.
We feel guilty because procrastination doesn't get us to the next stage, it doesn't get us closer to our dreams, it doesn't get us anywhere.
We are all in the rat race, blinders up, on full tilt, and there is no reason to slow down.
Unless, there is?
[Spoiler Alert: There is.]
Procrastination For Percolation
Some of our problems feel like brick walls. The non-stop hustlers would tell you to go gung-ho into that wall until you smash through it, but this doesn't always work.
Archimedes had a problem. His king was given a gold crown, but wasn't sure if it was pure gold. To tell if it was pure gold Archimedes would need the exact volume of the crown, which would be difficult to say the least.
When did Archimedes discover the answer to his problem? When he was in the bath. In a moment of excitement he leaped out of the bath, running around the streets yelling Eureka!
He didn't discover the answer in his lab, or while he was hard at work. He discovered it while procrastinating because he was allowing the problem to percolate in his mind.
If we always hustle, we never have time to let things stew, and sometimes that is exactly what we need to reach our 'Eureka!' moment.
Procrastination For Reevaluation
Procrastination can be a good time for something else as well. Deciding if this thing is even right for us!
It doesn't matter how busy we are or how many goals we accomplish if they aren't leading towards our authentic dream life.
How much time do we waste doing things that don't really matter, all because we never take the time to step back and look at the big picture.
If we are procrastinating that much, we should take it as a sign that we need to reevaluate why we are tackling this task in the first place.
Procrastination For Energy
If we burn the candle at both ends, we're going to burnout.
Life requires a certain balance, even if the hustle religion would like to tell us otherwise.
When we spend all of our time grinding towards our dreams, we leave no time for ourselves to look up and enjoy what we've accomplished so far.
We need to have days of fun. We need to have days of rest. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Our goals feel fruitless if we don't take the time to enjoy the fruits of our labour.
In the religion of the hustle and bustle, to procrastinate, is to sin. But nothing is ever that simple. We can't distill life into the equation 'Hustle = Accomplishment = Happy.'
So don't feel guilty the next time you procrastinate. Take some time to let the task percolate in your mind, reevaluate the situation, and do something that recharges you.
In the land of the hustle and bustle, the occasional procrastinator is king.
Do you think it's okay to procrastinate? Let us know your opinion in the comments!