Procrastination – I am a master at it. Even when I don’t necessarily mean to do it. Even when I know I shouldn’t do it. You’re probably like me too. When was the last time you put off a task for no apparent reason? If you even hit the snooze button this morning for some extended sleep time, join the club.
You’ve also probably heard of the popular saying that; we, humans, are naturally lazy. Whether that’s true or not, I am not sure, but I can tell you this – my procrastination tendencies make me think twice about that statement.
Recently, I stumbled across a clever little book called, “The Art of Procrastination”. Of course, after weeks of putting it off, I eventually bought the book and I couldn’t believe my luck. Here, I had stumbled across a writer who not only admitted to being a chronic procrastinator but he had also devised a way through which chronic procrastinators such as himself, can turn their unique gift into productivity.
In his book, John Perry introduces us to a mind-blowing concept- structured procrastination. Here is what he says on the topic:
“One of the things that gets procrastinators in trouble is this idea that we all have free will and if we don’t have a strong will we’re some kind of crumb bum.”
He goes on to point out that in life, most people only get by through pushing themselves with tools such as alarm clocks and to-do-lists. This shows us that procrastination is not an indication of weak will. We all fight to control our tendency to put off things but this does not necessarily mean that we are lazy. In fact, to support this, new research is coming to light that procrastination is not necessarily as a result of laziness.
So, at this point, you are probably wondering…