Coping with procrastination

Sometimes it seems that writers do their best pieces when they’re writing about procrastination. Here’s entry by David Cain, based on his well-reflected experiences with decades long tendency to put things off:

Many of us career procrastinators believe that we can’t do something until our feelings let us. This is a myth. You don’t need the mind’s approval to get started. All you need is to get clear, on an intellectual level, what you want done, and then move your body until you’re in the middle of it.

How to work now and procrastinate later,



Structured procrastination

Putting things off can be turned into a productivity tool:

Perry’s advice is, first, to make a list of the things you have to do. Put a few important tasks at the top—these are the ones you will procrastinate. Then, below them, list some tasks that aren’t as important but that you nevertheless need to do. According to Perry, doing these less important tasks “becomes a way of not doing the things higher on the list.”

(The procrastination-killing tactic to try now (or in 10 minutes, Fast company)

Also Lifehacker lists Five counterintuitive ways to use procrastination and become productive. Structured procrastination is one of the items in the list.