Here’s some comforting news! According to research, procrastinating can boost your creativity. At least that’s what Thomas Oppong contends in this post on The Mission website. Admittedly, he beefs up his claim by citing research done as early as 1927 by psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik as well as later findings by other researchers. Mr. Oppong also discusses the difference between active and passive procrastinators and how they approach their work differently, and with much different results. In short, there “are times when procrastination can work in your favor.”
So check it out. But of course, there’s no rush. Feel free to indulge yourself in a little creative delay!
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.