Procrastination and Creativity

Just like yesterday, today’s Writing 101 assignment is about responding to something. But unlike yesterday, today I should response to someone’s tweet, instead of a picture. So, I’ve chosen this tweet about procrastination and creativity because I would like to know the answer too!

For me, procrastination doesn’t kill creativity. But I’m not sure that it’s essential to creativity either. What I’m trying to say is, procrastination might kill your productivity, but sometimes it isn’t a bad thing to do if you do it right.

If you’re an avid procrastinator like me, you might often work under pressure. This pressure, whether it comes from the deadline, from your boss, from your professor, from your colleagues, often encourages you to think creatively to solve your problem.

Based on my experiences, I usually procrastinate when I’m bored or when I’m not ready to do the task. Procrastinating when you’re bored is actually good. You can take your mind off your work for a while and doing whatever else you want to do. For me, the best idea to solve the problem usually come to my mind when I’m procrastinating.

Procrastinating while you’re not yet ready to tackle your job might be good too. At least you have the time to think and plan clearly on how to do your job. You can make yourself ready first so that you can be more productive when you actually do the job. But, if you keep doing this it’s clear you’ll never get things done.

Now, I would like to close my writing with a quote from Bill Gates:

I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it. —Bill Gates

So, how do you think about procrastination? Do you find it essential to creativity? Or is it killing creativity?

8 thoughts on “Procrastination and Creativity

  1. I am SO not a procrastinator! I’m one of those people who has to get everything on my TO-DO list cleaned up almost as soon as it’s on there. On those few occasions when I do procrastinate, I find that the task I’m putting off soon takes on Herculean proportions, even if it’s just putting up the laundry.

    The Writing 101 prompts have been very enlightening for me as well. I’ve found that I see a prompt and write immediately, so I’d say if I started procrastinating on a creative project, I’d never do it at all.


  2. I agree with Bill Gates. Work smarter not harder!

    I do think procrastination can kill your creativity. If I have a great idea for a story I have to jot it down somewhere, even just the outline. If I say I’ll do it later I could lose it.


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