You Really Should Be Doing Less And Daydreaming More

You Really Should Be Doing Less And Daydreaming More


“You call it procrastination, I call it thinking.” – Aaron Says

When Aaron Sorkin — the creator behind wildly successful TV shows and films such as The West Wing, Newsroom and The Social Network — was questioned about his reputation as a procrastinator during a television interview, he had the above to say. Yes, it’s a glib answer, but it also happens to be true. 

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“Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity. What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they’re slow to finish.” – Adam Says

Adam Grant of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is not a procrastinator. In fact, he has an almost obsessive tendency to complete tasks as soon as they are assigned. When his obsession prompted him to do some research on the subject, he found that doing things quickly is almost as bad as not doing them at all — at least when it comes to creativity and original thinking.

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Procrastinating to the point where you never get anything done is obviously a bad thing, but by doing things too quickly, you don’t allow ideas to ‘marinate’. Mulling something over for a while is often a good way of coming up with an innovative solution. So, next time you get stuck on a big project, feel free to put it away and play some Xbox.

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GG van Rooyen
GG van Rooyen is the deputy editor for Entrepreneur Magazine South Africa. Follow him on Twitter.