Why not leverage procrastination instead?

October 8th, 2012 § 0 comments

Came across this brilliant article recently through a friend on how to better handle procrastination that you’ve just got to check out!

You’re familiar with procrastination right? You know, that horrible habit you just can’t kick that seems to eat away at your time and productvity. Well turns out you don’t actually have to stop procrastinating (as I myself have tried hopelessly to do in the past). Instead, why not leverage it to be even more productive?

It’s a brilliant idea put forward, brilliant in its own blatant simplicity. Instead of starting at No. 1 on the list, why not start at No. 2? The whole thing is explained pretty thoroughly so I won’t go into more here (go read the article!), but I can tell you how true it has actually been for me so far.

This posterous in itself was started as a product of procrastination. If you don’t believe me, check out my first post on it. My most recent result of procrastination too, was the building of our Share Goodness website (here) as a departure from the old blog. This one was done in the middle of my dissertation writing period, when doing my dissertation just became too big a task to do right then (sound familiar?).

These are proof that the method can actually work for me at least, and now that I’m aware and can apply a bit more structure to it I’m excited to see what new levels of productivity I’ll be able to hit, and whether I’ll finally be able to do away with that procrastination bug once and for all!

As the article quotes:

“… anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” — Robert Benchley, in Chips off the Old Benchley, 1949

Article: Structured Procrastination

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