The key is to procrastinate strategically, making gradual progress by testing and refining different possibilities.
Although the best part of King’s speech was added on an impromptu basis; in truth, King was actually developing the famous speech for well over a year before delivery, testing and trying out different parts of it in tons of Human Rights rallies around the country.
This gave him insight into what landed and really resonated with the audience.
It also helped him create a strong foundation for an intensely passionate speech, while developing a certain degree of mastery, that allowed him the flexibility to continue to develop his speeches even up until the last minute.
Again, the phrase ‘I have a dream’ wasn’t even written into Dr. King’s original speech—he actually added it on the fly after a woman in the crowd kept shouting, “tell em’ bout the dream, Martin! Tell em’ bout the dream!”
HOW CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM PROCRASTINATING ON PURPOSE?
- Start something—like a project that isn’t due for a while from now.
- But don’t let yourself finish it.—Stop working on it. Go do something else… Go for a walk or something while keeping the project in the back of your mind.
- Then go back to it.—Let the ideas you got while you were out walking help you come back and crush the project.