We normally think that procrastinating is a bad habit for our productivity. We avoid doing the most important things by focusing on any other activity that allows us to postpone our obligations. Don’t panic. If you are a procrastinator just like many of us, maybe it is not that bad. In fact, procrastinating can be something good, or at least that’s what a Nobel Prize winner has recently said.
In 1996, John Perry wrote an essay called ‘Structured procrastination‘, where he states that a procrastinator may be encouraged to do any work of any difficulty if that’s the way to avoid doing something more important. This is what defines a structured procrastinator, a person that is able to do many things by not doing others.
Through the years, Perry modified his original essay and published ‘The Art of Procrastination. A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing‘. It is a guide to take advantage of the time you waste when you do those tasks that, at first, you think are not so important. This book is fun and guaranteed to make you feel good about yourself.
Does it sound familiar?
Based on his own experience as a procrastinator, Perry became a defender of procrastination as an alternative way of personal productivity. He realised that, despite having the constant feeling of being wasting time, he always managed to make progress in different works that, oddly enough, were not his main goal. That way, in order to avoid doing a not-really-attractive task, he used to focus on many others and yet kept on improving his productivity (although it was not in the best possible way).
Procrastinating may also have some benefits, you only need to know how to take advantage of it. So, now that you know the trick of how this hard productivity system works, you can use it to your own benefit. Self-knowledge is essential to improve and to be able to change the habits that are harmful to us. And there’s nothing better than Kiply to help you get to know how you work. Download Kiply for free and take the first steps towards a better version of yourself.
Translation by Pablo Velázquez