Even Science Agrees, People Who Procrastinate Are Actually More Successful

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Why do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow?

Procrastination–the word itself just sounds ugly, like constipation or prostate. And if you're a procrastinator, you know that you feel like...well, kind of an asshole every time you put off a task for just one more day.

In our work-crazy culture, procrastination is definitely a negative thing–but it's time for that to change. Why? Because even science says that procrastination can lead to success.

Here's how:

Procrastination makes you laser-focused.

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When you put something off until the last minute, you don't leave yourself with much time to complete the task at hand. To cram two days' worth of work into two hours, you've got to focus–and that means boiling the project down to its essential parts. Procrastinators don't add anything superfluous or flowery, and end up with a project that's direct, clear, and laser-focused.

Procrastination makes you innovative.

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Bill Gates famously proclaimed his love of lazy employees (AKA procrastinators), saying, "hire a lazy person to do a difficult job...a lazy person will find an easy way to do it." Procrastinators are always looking for the quickest, easiest way to get things done, which has led to innovation in supply chains, factories, technology, and more.

Procrastination is actually efficiency.

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Hey, if you can fit a week-long job into one day of work, more power to you! Employers rejoice: procrastinators take less time to do the same amount of work, meaning they can handle more projects in the long run. If you ask us, procrastination is overdue for a rebrand–let's just call it efficiency.


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