How Procrastination Can Help Your Career
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Usually putting something off for later that should be done now can hinder progress. Procrastination can lead to missed deadlines, errors due to rushing, or penalties for tardiness. But in some instances, it can be an asset in the workplace.

Brazen Careerist offers a different view on prioritizing and procrastination that will have you thinking twice about it:

Passive procrastination is the kind we’re most familiar with, when you put something off but don’t replace it with a useful task. During active procrastinating, however, you’re fully aware that there’s something you should be doing, but you’ve decided that what you’re doing instead is more important and will pay off in the long run.

Active procrastinators tend to delay things because they work well under pressure and are motivated by the fact that a deadline is coming up. (Although obviously this tactic can only work if you have a good sense of how long a task will take to complete.) Active procrastinators have lower levels of stress and more belief in their own ability to succeed than passive procrastinators.

Clearly, the main difference between the two groups of procrastinators is that one eventually gets the task done (and possibly even a few other tasks along the way) while the other puts it off, worries about it and often ends up not finishing at all.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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