We would probably all agree that putting tasks off is considered to be a bad habit. And although there is no “Annual Procrastination Awards” event (that we know of), there is the Ig Nobel, a ceremony to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think”.

In 2011, emeritus professor of philosophy, John Perry, received this award for his work on Structured Procrastination. Professor Perry first thought of it in 1996 and followed it up with a book: much later, of course. The idea certainly is a thought-provoking one … and you should probably immediately procrastinate reading about it! It’s best understood by example, but it is ultimately a prioritization technique, albeit a rather unconventional one and specifically targeted at procrastinators in order to help them get more done. It may prove to be just the thing you’ve been missing to consistently deliver value.

When procrastination strikes, think of applying the strange mix of self-deception and reverse psychology to select what you work on instead of ‘prioritizing’ it.

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