The Art of Procrastination

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Takeaway has been meaning to do a story on procrastination for a while — they just haven't gotten around to it.

But at Stanford, philosophy professor John Perry's new book, called "The Art of Procrastination," assures us that this is not unusual. And not only that, Perry says procrastinating isn't as bad as we think.

He practices what he calls "structured procrastination." For example, he wrote his preliminary essay on the topic as a way of avoiding all of his other responsibilities.


Professor John Perry

Produced by:

Brad Mielke and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [3]

Sam Tornatore from Brisbane Australia

I have something to add that may or may not help. I have found that the first step to solving any problem is discovering why the problem occurs or what causes it. For over 19 years I have found this to be the case for Australians anyway. There are 4 major reasons why people procrastinate. One of the 4 reasons comes under the category of "Wrong Goals" there is a valuable article written, in easy to understand terms and It can be found at (Relax, there is nothing to buy or sign up to)

You be the judge, but It has helped many Australians understand what is going on in their lives so they can then do more and be free to achieve the life they deserve. I hope it helps

Oct. 29 2012 02:07 AM

Here is funny cartoon video on the topic:

Aug. 30 2012 02:57 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

All is right with the world, when I ignore it.

I hope Professor Perry won't be angry with me for commenting on his segment so quickly... I see no one else has of yet. I am sure everybody is thinking about what they want to say.

Me, I needed to procrastinate about other aspects of my life and so here I am...

When it comes to procrastination I find that if you wait long enough, most problems will take care of themselves without me having to lift a finger...

For example, one of my cats decided to turn my flip flops into a litter box... Instead, of cleaning the feces, I am letting the flies have a feast. So far the flip is taken care of and now I'm just waiting on the flop. Eventually, I will turn this event into a poem. I am giving it time to marinate.

Professor Perry was so much fun. On The Takeaway forgetting to air the segment he said "I might be offended but I won't get around that you did it till I've forgotten anyway."
Are we in the midst of a Professor of Philosophy who lectures in a fun and zany way?

One day, I will get his books, and then not read them.

Aug. 29 2012 12:00 PM

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