Motivated != Qualified.
The set of people who have motivation to do a certain task is typically only mild (at best) correlated to those who are most competent at a task.
Thus, the person who is most likely to procrastinate is actually likely also the most qualified. This person will confidence in his/her's abilities and we feel as though there is little need to fulfill the task at once.
Therefore, procrastination does nothing to help a small society because those who start a task early are likely to be those who are less efficient at it.
Thus, it makes much more sense to embrace time management rather than procrastination. Procrastination with a lack of time management skills and general organization are what get people into trouble.
Now, there is beneficial procastination. This is procastination that is established because the task would be done more efficiently if the task is delayed.
- A silly example would be the case where perhaps a person has been assigned a task to mow a lawn. They decide to wait until their new mower comes in, which will allow them to do the job in half the time.
- Or perhaps, a person waits for there to be so much work done, so that this work can be done in batches. ie. I will wait to go to the post office to mail this package, because there is a second package that will require shipment in a few days.
- I deal with situations at work where it could take 1/5th of the time to do a task if it's done before or after some event. Obviously, we take advantage of this as much as possible.
Why does (bad) procrastination exist?
I think that (bad) procrastination (caused by lack of motivation) is a byproduct of the "interesting" phenomenon.
If someone is interested in particular thing they, by definition, must be less interested in other things.
I would argue that this passion for a particular thing is very beneficial as this is what drives people to accomplish great things. And surely, what is life without our passions?
However, this good things has the byproduct of a negative thing.
This is the case where we are "undriven" to do things we're not passionate in.
Lastly, why the hell did I write all this? Because I am procrastinating my other work and for some reason felt more interested in writing a response. Hrmmmmmm.