All of us have a list of things that we put off for a later date. For the serial procrastinators, the list is long and daunting. This becomes both frustrating and unproductive. But is there a good side to all that delay?
John Perry’s new book, Don’t Buy This Book Now!: The Art of Procrastination argues that procrastinators are often perfectionists, and structured procrastinating or doing one thing as a way of not doing something else is sometimes extremely effective. He also tells you how to finish a lot of the pending work, with simple, easy-to-follow tips.
For example, Perry argues that by putting down a daunting task like Learn Chinese or Renovate Kitchen first and easier tasks like cleaning the house or doing the laundry at the bottom, we feel more inclined to at least finish the less challenging and time-consuming tasks at hand.
Written with wry humor and peppered with insights, Don’t Buy This Book Now! The Art of Procrastination proposes an ingenious programme for getting things done by putting them off; it’s a must-read for anyone who has accused themselves of being a slacker.