Structured Procrastination

April 5, 2006

Structured Procrastination

Structured procrastination means shaping the structure of the tasks one has to do in a way that exploits this fact. The list of tasks one has in mind will be ordered by importance. Tasks that seem most urgent and important are on top. But there are also worthwhile tasks to perform lower down on the list. Doing these tasks becomes a way of not doing the things higher up on the list. With this sort of appropriate task structure, the procrastinator becomes a useful citizen. Indeed, the procrastinator can even acquire, as I have, a reputation for getting a lot done.

I think I have found a guiding light. More study needed but… how did I miss this for 11 years?!

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2 Responses to “Structured Procrastination”

  1. Leah said

    Indeed, how did you miss it? This is how I got through college. People questioned my wisdom when I signed up for 300 level English lit classes, but doing that work allowed me to knock off low-priority stuff and ultimately stay productive. Staying productive is good, because I find that I’m more likely to do everything on my list when I am able to stay productive. On lazy days, I find it difficult to complete the simplest of tasks.

  2. bill said

    This is how I fulfill the honey-do list. The most difficult tasks will never be done, but look! I did 43 mid-level tasks. 43! Works like a charm most days…

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