Business School Professor Explains Why Procrastination Can Be Good

Abbey Stone

The old aphorism goes: Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination, we all know, is our enemy. It keeps us late at work and up late at night. It causes us stress and reduces the quality of our work—except, says Wharton School of Business professor Adam Grant, when it doesn’t.

In the video above, created for Business Insider, Grant explains how procrastination can sometimes work for us. “I think the idea of delaying is something we all need to be comfortable with,” says Grant, “because you can’t rush creativity.” Using perpetual procrastinator Steve Jobs as an example, Grant explains how “strategic procrastination” can lead to new, better ideas.

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