Can I Make "Structured Procrastinator" my Title on my Business Card
I’ve been reading the wonderful (and wonderfully short) book called The Art of Procrastination - A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing (or getting things done by putting them off) (which has to be the best title ever), written by John Perry, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Stanford U.
Several years ago, Professor Perry realized that he was a procrastinator but was often told that he “got a lot done”.
Because he is a philosopher, he thought about this and realized that he was a "structured procrastinator" in that he was good at getting lots of important tasks done, just usually not the one that he was supposed to be doing.
Ergo, he wrote this fantastic (short) book, which he admits he completed when he "was avoiding grading papers and evaluating dissertations”.
The book is filled with great little tidbits such as using to-do lists for easy things ("getting out of bed" and "making coffee") so that you feel that you’ve accomplished something, advice on collaborating with non-procrastinators, and avoiding anti-procrastination literature as it will most likely make you feel bad about yourself.
As someone who spends hours each week exploring various books, films and activities when I’m are supposed to be cleaning the garage and doing the laundry, I feel like I may have found my soulmate.