Why Procrastinating Is Productive

Why Procrastinating Is Productive

Perhaps your night-time brain pre-empted this. Perhaps your night-time brain wrote a ‘to-do’ list for the following day, so that there would be no question of where to start. Night-time brain said you’d skip to work, smile at trees and wave at your barista before happily doing your work. Until, that is, you actually sit down to do the work on your list.


Four social media sites, three coffees and one Instagram later and it’s 11:45am and you’re bordering on an existential crisis about work, life and if you are in fact a productive person at all. But wait, there are two soothing facts here: you’re not alone and there’s a way to make your procrastination work for you.


Stanford Philosophy Professor, John Perry, champions ‘Structured Procrastination, which ultimately comes down to rearranging your to-do lists so that you create a sense of accomplishment (e.g. ticking off the mundane but perhaps not usually listed tasks of ‘make bed’, ‘do washing’) combined with some self-deception, by way of organising your tasks by importance. The idea is that the most urgent task will sit at the top of your list – and being a procrastinator, you will avoid this – however, there will also be worthwhile tasks underneath, which you will gravitate towards first.


Clearly it works, John Perry turned his ideas into book, which you procrastinate with here.


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