JUST PUT IT OFF
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.