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When Delaying Action Leads to Better Decisions

March 22, 20243 min read

Ever felt guilty for putting things off? Well, what if I told you that sometimes a little delay could be your secret weapon to making smarter choices and boosting creativity? Yep, you heard that right. It's all about productive procrastination, a strategy that might just be the game-changer you need.

The Magic of Letting Ideas Brew

Imagine you're baking bread. You wouldn't just throw it in the oven right after mixing the dough, right? It needs time to rise to reach its fluffy, delicious potential. Similarly, our decisions and creative ideas often need some room to breathe and grow.

Think about those moments when an idea struck you while you were in the shower or taking a leisurely walk. That's productive procrastination at work! It's not about being lazy; it's about letting your subconscious mind puzzle things out, leading to insights and decisions that feel right in your gut.

Real Talk: It Works!

Don't just take my word for it. Studies, like one from the University of Amsterdam, show that leaders who embrace this concept see a whopping 30% improvement in their decision-making. That's huge! It's like giving your brain a secret sauce to churn out its best work.

So, how can you master this art? Here are a few tips:

  1. Give It Time: When faced with a big decision, don't rush. Allow your ideas to marinate. Switch gears, do something else, and let your mind work its magic in the background.

  2. Trust the process: Remember, it's not about avoiding tasks. It's about strategically pausing to achieve better outcomes.

  3. Balance is key. Find the sweet spot between procrastination and action. Too much waiting around isn't the goal—it's about timing your moves for maximum impact.

"Creativity is the residue of time wasted."
-Albert Einstein

Einstein, renowned for his groundbreaking contributions to science, acknowledged the profound impact of giving oneself the freedom to step back and allow thoughts to marinate. Creativity often emerges not in moments of intense focus but through periods perceived as 'wasted time'—those intervals when we're not actively trying to solve a problem or create something new. It's in these seemingly idle moments that our subconscious can weave together ideas and insights, leading to innovative solutions and breakthroughs.

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Now, here's where we turn the dial up. At ID360, we're all about taking you and your teams to the next level. Think of us as your guides in crafting a roadmap and strategic plan that's as unique as your goals.

Whether it's honing leadership skills, boosting team collaboration, or skyrocketing your company's success, we've got the tools and expertise to make it happen. And the best part? We're just a chat away.

So, if you're ready to transform your approach and see real results, reach out to ID360. Let's create a future where you're not just reacting but strategically thriving.

Intrigued? Excited? Ready to give your team that edge? Check out our Level Up membership and join our Level Up Facebook community. We're here to help you tailor a plan that elevates your leadership, supercharges your team, and sets your company on a path to stellar success. Remember, it's not just about the destination; it's about crafting a journey that brings out the best in you and your team. Let's make it happen together.

Kim Zoller

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