The Pros and Cons of Procrastination

Event planners work months in advance to create a stellar event. But can procrastination sometimes help rather than hurt?

Although putting off tasks is generally not advised, procrastination can have benefits. A recent study found that people who procrastinate tend to have more creative ideas. After all, some of the most inventive thinkers, such as Steve Jobs and Frank Lloyd Wright, were known to procrastinate.

 

In the study, participants were asked to either start formulating business ideas immediately or enjoy some video games before getting to work. Those who played before working tended to have more creative ideas (as judged by an independent panel). Researchers concluded that ideas generated early in the process are often the most conventional and that, by waiting, procrastinators often think of less traditional concepts that prove rewarding.

Of course, wait too long and the conventional ideas may resurface out of time-crunched necessity. To give yourself enough time to produce imaginative event ideas and also feel productive, consider the following tips from Inc.:

  1. Don’t overthink an idea. Sometimes, goals become too lofty when we let them get away from us. And as those goals grow, they become more daunting to tackle. Create manageable goals, and track the steps necessary to achieve them, so you can work off an immediate to-do list.
  2. Don’t get distracted. It’s tempting to put off difficult tasks in favor of easy ones so you have the satisfaction of checking off a box. But the more you allow little activities to get in the way, the harder it will be to tackle the larger ones down the road.
  3. Don’t punish yourself. We all procrastinate from time to time. It happens. But forgiving yourself is the first step toward a more productive result in the future.  

 

Now, where to start? Determine your meeting purpose to develop your game plan.