Saturday, May 14, 2005

Structured Procrastination

Today in my procrastination research lab, I discovered an excellent article on Structured Procrastination, in which John Perry, one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Language and Information, mentions behaviors familiar to many of my readers and describes his approach to using these behaviors to his advantage.

Also of interest to other folks researching procrastination are a dissertation on the Delmore Effect (explained in the abstract as "the paradoxical failure of people to formulate explicit goals for themselves in the domains they most value") and 43 Things, where I ran across this literature.


The girl in the red hat said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are my hero. To think that I had never even had an incomplete until I met you.

Mr. Carroll said...

Isn't it remarkable that procrastination is one of the few spheres in life where reading about the activity is equally as productive and satisfying as actually performing that activity. Indeed, reading about it BECOMES performing it. As such, procrastination-by-reading-about-procrastination can serve as the ultimate combination of spectator sport and ego substanciator. I procrastinate, therefore I am, or at least, therefore I will be, as soon as I get around to it.