Structured Procrastination

September 25th, 2006 by jose

Prof. John Perry (Standford) might be onto something with his Structured Procrastination idea:

the procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely and important tasks, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.

Source: Structured Procrastination

Now, if only someone came up with a way to use Structured Procrastination to increase productivity, that’d be a big hit. A recommended read.

Another interesting take is Paul Graham’s Good and Bad Procrastination. He basically proposes that we can use our resistance to a certain important task to get other less important tasks done. He agrees with Perry in that procrastination can be ‘good’:

There are three variants of procrastination, depending on what you do instead of working on something: you could work on (a) nothing, (b) something less important, or (c) something more important. That last type, I’d argue, is good procrastination.

He also proposes guidelines for prioritization, such as “leave the right things undone” (work on important problems only).

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2 Responses to “Structured Procrastination”

  1. Salenko From, Money Making Ideas ConceptNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Jose,

    Thanks for that useful link. I always had a problem with it. In my early days, my life was miserable, I always said I was going to do this, do that, but just never did. I read a couple of books about procrastination, that really helped me get a better view on life. Thanks for informing me about John Perry & Paul Graham, I will do a little research to find out more.

  2. darrenNo Gravatar Says:

    Hmm… interesting, Jose. personally i believe that procrastination has pretty much to do with one’s lack of desire. if he could just inculcate a passionate desire to really make that something happen, i don’t think procrastination will come into the picture.

    just my 2cents

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