Productive Procrastination

Procrastination is the art of postponing or delaying something until another day or time. It is sometimes viewed as a negative trait, one that results in lost opportunities; but this ignores the fact that there are some very productive procrastinators out there; people who have not only learned to live with this so called character flaw, but have put it to good use. Productive procrastinators know that the best way to avoid doing one thing is to do something else, and they make sure they always have some less important tasks they can start on first. In this way they will complete a number of lesser tasks in the course of postponing the more urgent one.

Productive procrastinators will inevitably have a number of unfinished projects on the go at any one time and therefore require a large work area and an even larger raised storage Adelaide for them, especially the major ones which may be postponed for years. Usually by the time the procrastinator gets around to doing anything about the extra space, their 4 bedroom house will have become a 1 bedroom house with 3 storage rooms and they will be in urgent need of either a larger house or a garage.

Garage kits are a great solution; the size, shape and style can be chosen to suit the available land and house and fitted out for many different projects. But assembling the garage is likely to go to the top of the list of tasks to be completed, and therefore becomes the last to be tackled. Delays of years or even decades in assembling a kit are not unknown. The procrastinator’s best solution is to arrange for the garage to be assembled and at least partially fitted out by someone else, at the time of purchase.

The garage should ideally be a double garage at least, usually with a lot of bench space so as many projects as possible can be left in situ to inspire and motivate the completion of others. The family car of course will go into the garage eventually but that can be postponed until such time as some of the larger projects are completed, whenever that is. Much of the fitting out of the garage can often be done by the procrastinator. Putting up shelving, brackets and hooks, arranging and rearranging equipment and tools are usually viewed as less important tasks that serve to postpone others and a neat, well organised garage may indeed be the first sign of productivity.

Once completed the garage becomes an inspiration. With a dozen projects in various stages of completion laid out and ready to be tackled, it is only a matter of prioritizing and then working upwards starting with the least urgent. An experienced procrastinator will make sure they always have a few important projects at the top of the list ready to postpone, a vintage car to be restored, a boat to be built for example, and a number of minor but still useful tasks at the bottom. In such an environment a procrastinator is never bored, they always have all kinds of exciting things they should be doing.

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