Cure Procrastination... Tomorrow

Cure Procrastination... Tomorrow

VicesAugust 28, 2012

OK, we all have mild to severe problems with procrastination. You’re probably reading this article right now to avoid doing paperwork or working out. Let us guess: your tendency to postpone responsibilities is a plague obstructing your untold potential, right?

Fortunately, Stanford philosophy professor and self-proclaimed procrastinator, John Perry, has developed a theory that may help transform procrastinators into productive members of society.

Perry’s Theory of Structured Procrastination, which won the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize for Literature, enables procrastinators to achieve great success by pitting the dilly-dally disease against itself.

Here’s how it works: Instead of minimizing your list of commitments, put your most urgent and important tasks at the top. In order to avoid doing these, you’re compelled to complete less essential, but still worthwhile obligations further down your list. By restructuring your list of responsibilities, you’re essentially exploiting one inherent character flaw (self-deception) to offset another (laziness), thereby turning a weakness into an advantage and enhancing your productivity.

We give it a “B”—for fucking brilliant.