JUST PUT IT OFF

Elle (Canada) - - Beauty, Mind & Body -

Pi­casso once said “Only put off un­til to­mor­row what you are will­ing to die hav­ing left un­done.” Sound a tad dra­matic? Science agrees. Turns out a lit­tle pro­cras­ti­na­tion can be a good thing—but only if you grind out a bit of work at the start and then al­low time for it to breathe. Known as “in­cu­ba­tion,” this gives the idea time to make new con­nec­tions in the brain, says Piers Steel, a pro­fes­sor of hu­man re­sources and a pro­cras­ti­na­tion expert at the Univer­sity of Cal­gary. “Once you have some facts in there, it has to con­vert from short-term to long-term mem­ory, and then it has to be linked up with other ideas. That takes time; it has to stew.” So this is your of­fi­cial permission to procrastinate a lit­tle—your mas­ter­piece awaits.

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