The difference between artful procrastination and wasteful procrastination

We’re always doing something, whether we’re procrastinating, having fun, ideating, or working.  All those are decision making activities.  The only difference is how we bucket them, which is often hard to do since they often appear one of the same.  

One could say Zuckerberg was procrastinating when he created Facebook.  He enjoyed spending more time on the “project” than doing his Harvard homework.  Most people would’ve prioritized the homework, thinking that it will have greater impact on their future. Mark saw the future and built it. 

Chance are if you’re procrastinating and doing something you like, then that’s what you should be focusing your efforts on.  But you have to be extremely cautious.  This does not mean that you can become a professional video game player or basketball player. 

The key difference between those with pipe dreams and those with feasible dreams is the ability to predict the future based on an existing skillset and excitement compared to others.  You must feel that you can compete, take your field another level, or be able to build something no one has seen before.  The latter, writing the future, is typically the most inspirational. 

The art of procrastination is turning creativity into a career.  Know your strengths, emotions, and the market and trust your gut if you must go for it.  

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.