I, like many others, am super bad about procrastinating. I tend to put some things off until the last second because I don’t want to do it, or sometimes I just forget that I was supposed to do something.
Then, I see the clock 30 minutes before I’m supposed to have the thing done and quickly jump onto my laptop to try to throw something together before my deadline.
We’ve all been in that time crunch. None of us are really proud about it and we all know that we could have done better.
However, these time crunches can be good for you. Here’s why:
They make you think on the fly
We, as a race, like to plan things out. I can’t speak for all individual people, but as a society, we plan things out to help maintain order and avoid confusion and stress. Because of this, we often neglect to think on the fly. When a situation in which we really need to think right away arises, it might take us a moment to collect ourselves because we generally never put a ton of emergency thought into a long process.
We just plan them out.
They test your sense of urgency and how long you can keep your calm through it.
I know people who start freaking out as soon as it gets busy at work or as soon as they realize they’re running short on time. On the flip side, I also know people who don’t seem to recognize that they need to h u r r y. As frustrating as it is, I’ve noticed a pattern in these two types of people.
One puts (arguably) too much weight on deadlines, causing them to panic, and the other doesn’t put enough, which is why they’re slow.
The experience will (hopefully) stop you from doing it again.
While there are benefits, there is a reason why it isn’t suggested: it’s just simply not your best work. Planning allows you to produce better results, which is generally why we do it.
It makes you actually sit down and focus for a certain period of time.
This is something that I’ve seen a lot of people struggle with, especially while training. I personally can’t focus for anymore then 30 minutes at a time, unless I’m in a time crunch. Throughout high school I’d procrastinate more and more which led to me being able to focus for more time through my time crunches.
I eventually forced myself to stop putting things off, but it was always nice to know that if I forgot about something, I really only needed half an hour to do it because I could focus that thing.
Help you realize how much you can actually accomplish if you really put your mind to it.
When you spend a lot of time planning, you try and spread the work out in a way that won’t leave you stressed. That’s great, but by doing this people often don’t plan to do as much as they could. When you’re on a time crunch and you’re working to put out as much as possible (while still having a decent result) you begin to realize that you can actually do a lot more than you thought you could.
I have personally surprised myself with the amount of (acceptable) work I’ve done when I was short on time.
In conclusion, planning is great and helps you do your best work, but doing things quickly can also have it’s own benefits.
And yes, I’m writing this article to try and validate the fact that I forgot about today’s blog post.