Have you ever gotten something really important done after two weeks of procrastination, only to have that in your mind? Maybe the person who procrastinated earlier had a short period of productivity but soon felt completely inspired to get started again. I'm guessing that most of us have been there at some point.

A New York Times article called "Can We Feel the Positive?", written by Ilya Novikov and Joseph Schwartz, reveals that experts everywhere are getting increasingly interested in the idea of playing games as a method of improving one's life. Why is this?

Are you always playing Plants vs. Zombies (the game) when your friends visit? If so, it may be time to give yourself some time to try something new, or even just give your pal Plants vs. Zombies a break. Or, if that's not doable, maybe you're one of those people who always get a kick out of completing our own tasks. The author of this study, Olga Sulish, claims that "every time you do something repetitively you learn something."

There's even an online experience called RPGNet that helps you understand the goals and aims of your particular game or activity. There's also a fascinating short film that focuses on one man's attempts to play EverQuest on PlayStation 4, The Elder Scrolls Online on PC, and PGR5: Borderlands on PC to win a prize for his basketball team, acting as both a test and setting for him.

So, if you're stuck procrastinating right now, why not consider playing some games instead? If you give yourself a bit of time and energy (and patience) to get started, you might find that you actually do have some intrinsic motivation or desire to take that extra step.

Editors' note: This post has been updated to reflect that Games are not the same as Play.