I just read an article that challenged my thinking and whose title made me say, “What?” Procrastination is a virtue? I read, I contemplated, I reflected. In the pace of today’s world, particularly within my professional life in schools, after reading this article, procrastination really makes sense. Instead of hurrying and rushing projects, responses, decisions, etc., when I pause, slow down, collaborate and contemplate, creativity and innovation become the outcome for this patience, diligence and perceived procrastination. In effect, “But while procrastination is a vice for productivity,” states New York Times OpEd editor Adam Grant in his article Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate, “I’ve learned — against my natural inclinations — that it’s a virtue for creativity.” So, this article got me thinking and researching a bit more about this notion of procrastination being a possible virtue, and, in a book by Rory Vaden Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply your Time, he suggests that everything we know about time management is wrong. We need to think about time management as spending time on things today that will give us more time tomorrow. In fact, Vaden suggests, “there is no time management, only self-management.” In the video below “How to Multiply Your Time”, Vaden further advises us to…
- Eliminate — the permission to ignore
- Automate — the permission to invest
- Delegate — the permission of imperfect
- Procrastinate — the permission of incomplete
- Concentrate — the permission to protect
And finally, let me lean on the research of a favorite of mine, Stephen Covey and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Think back to the third habit, Put First Things First, and Covey’s notion of time management using the four quadrants of the Eisenhower Method. Check out the image of the matrix below and reflect on where you spend your time – quadrant II is where we need to be! Then, view the classic 80s video of Covey talking about Big Rocks with his workshop participants – it’ll bring a smile to your face with both the content and the business attire!