Maybe Procrastination Isn’t Such A Bad Thing

Did you know that Martin Luther King winged, the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech? Infact, so was Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and much much more.

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At the end of December Medium seems to be filled with reading lists ‘top 100 books this year’ or ‘you must read these books in 2018.’ My interest is in Business and the one book that kept topping lists was Originals by Adam Grant.

 

Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton Business School goes into detail about some pretty special concepts and stories. The concept of the book is based on those that stand out. How Non-confirmists change the world where our minds edge towards the likes of Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. As I am only part way through this book, the one that stood out was the idea of procrastination.

Jihae Shinl a professor at the University of Wisconsin, researched into staff that procratinated and how their bosses or supervisors rated their creativety and innovation. Was Professor Shin found was that those procrastinated the most were axctually found to be the most innovative.

 

Martin Luther King.

Did you know that Martin Luther King’s speech was actually re-written at the last miinute? the ‘I have a Dream’ speech as it is known, actually didn’t even include that sentence.

Adam Grant writes..

During the address, King’s favorite gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, shouted from behind him, “Tell ’em about the dream Martin!”

infront of a 250,000 strong crowd, millions watching on TV, King improvised, pushed his notes aside and launched into his inspiring vision for the future.

Early the summer before, King sought advice, and asked for a working draft. It was not until four days before that King actually started working on the address.

By delaying the task of fleshing out and having a written and working speech he actually benefited from the Zeigarnik effect.

Zeigarnik effective

the Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik, researched and clearly demonstrated that people have a better memory for incomplete tasks than complete tasks. Once the task is complete we actually start to forget about it. But when it is interrupted and left undone it stays active.

What King was trying to do was to actually keep himself accountable full well knowning the importannce of the speech and to create the sense of pressure for him to deliever when the time came.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

The invitation for Lincoln to speak was delivered two weeks in advance, it was not until the day before his departure for Gettysburg, the President had only composed half of it. it wasn’t until the night before, that he finished it and the morning of that he memorised it!

da Vinci

Did you know that da Vinci spent fifteen years developing the ideas for The Last Supper? It is quoted that

da Vinci realised that originality could not be rushed:

“Genius sometimes accomplished most when they work the least, for they are thinking out inventions and forming in their minds the perfect idea.”

-Accomplish most when they work the least: Giorgio Vasari 

 

Key take away

Sometimes it might actually be better to think deeply about the task at hand, it might be well and good to deliver a project however your ability to think creativity will be squeezed. Sometimes leaving that essay to the last minute was actually a good idea after all, don’t quote me 🙂

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Thanks for reading!

My Name is Jordan Bambridge a 23 year old ambitious manager. I currently work in a UK University. I get really passionate about understanding not what people do, but why they do it. I am also interested in psychology in business and helping others succeed and reach their potential. You can catch me on Twitter or Instagram @JordanBambridge or by clicking below.

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