Cal Newport sees something positive about procrastination:
…deep procrastination, though scary, represents something important and perhaps even exciting. It marks that key transition where the momentum of “this is what you need to do” — the momentum that carried you through high school and into college — begins to wane, leaving you to discover a new source of propulsion — not just new, but also more durable and more personal.It’s important to side step the self-help cliches in this situation. It’s unlikely that you’ll unearth a burning life’s mission hidden conveniently just below the surface of your psyche. What you seek is more fundamental: an acceptance that doing things well is hard, and always will be, and that you need to spend more time than you thought was necessary deciding which such hard things gain rights to your attention.
Thing is, this kind of procrastination has been with me since way back in my schooling. And I still engage in it now (actually, right now – I should be writing a paper).
Absolutely it’s important to learn to budget your time for the things you really value, but who actually uses their procrastination time to work on other, more important projects?
But it’s a nice rationalization.