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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 September 2012
As I began to read this book, I was reminded of the Steven Wright observation that I selected for the title of this review. There are practical as well as philosophical advantages to avoiding hasty actions. That is one of several core principles of what John Perry characterizes as "structured procrastination," first in his essay that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education (February 1996), "How to Procrastinate and Still Get Things Done," and then in his recently published book, The Art of Procrastination (Workman 2012). As Perry explains,

"All procrastinators put off things they have to do. Structured procrastination is the art of making this negative trait work for you. The key idea is that procrastination does not mean doing absolutely nothing. Procrastinators seldom do absolutely nothing; they do marginally useful things such as gardening or sharpening pencils or making a diagram of how they will reorganize their files when they get around to it...The procrastinator can be motivated to difficult, timely, and important tasks, however, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.

"Structured procrastination means shaping the structure of the tasks one has to do in a way that exploits this fact. In your mind, or perhaps written down somewhere, you have a list if things you want to accomplish, ordered by importance. You might even call this your priority list. Tasks that seem most urgent and important are on top. But there are also worthwhile tasks to perform lower on the list. Doing those tasks becomes a way of not doing the things higher up on the list. With this sort of appropriate task structure the procrastinator be comes a useful citizen. Indeed, the procrastinator can even acquire, as I have, a reputation for getting a lot done."

Throughout his thought-provoking as well as lively and entertaining narrative, Perry addresses subjects and issues such as these:

o The "paradox" of procrastination
o The relationship between procrastination and perfectionism
o To-do lists: Do's and Don'ts
o Computer use and procrastination
o The fringe benefits of procrastination (e.g. "the gift of guilt-free time")
o Why procrastinators need not be annoying

In his book's Appendix (How to Kick the Habit - Read at Your own Risk"), Perry briefly discusses various sources that are available to those who cannot accept the responsibilities as well as the benefits of structured procrastination. He also includes words of caution: "You can waste a lot of time surfing from site, not doing any of the things you ought to be doing. You might want to try simply accepting yourself as a structured procrastinator for a while before plunging into a search for the perfect tool to help you drop the habit altogether."

For those who are impatient to escape the almost unlimited opportunities that structured procrastination offers, Mark Twain offers this advice: "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."
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on 30 January 2013
For those of us 'afflicted' with procrastination to a lesser or greater degree. This book gives guidance on how to turn procrastination into a strength rather than a weakness - I particularly liked the point that a known procrastinator should take on as many responsibilities as possible, as that makes it easier to become a productive procrastinator - I had always tried the opposite approach, and was constantly frustrated that I still didn't get what I wanted done.
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on 1 May 2014
The most entertaining book I've read in a long time. And yes I'm currently procrastinating by writing this review. How constructive it is depends on the readers need!
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on 19 July 2015
Loved reading this. Lots of sentences which made sense and 'rang bells' of recognition!! Laughed out loud a few times. And, for the procrastinators out there, It doesn't take too long to read so you can get back to doing the things you were doing, in order to put off the things you ought to be doing...
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on 13 December 2015
Really liked the book but have to give it 4 stars because while reading it was great in the beginning I felt like half the book was the same thing over and over and there was no more content besides what had already been said.
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on 9 November 2014
The perfect read whilst procrastinating on another project. It's witty, insightful and makes you feel a whole lot better about those nagging tasks you never quite get around to ... and all of the other wonderful things you DO get done in the meantime. Recommended reading for everyone on an impossible deadline.
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on 8 December 2013
I think some of us tend to procrastinate more that others but it's a book that echoes a lot of truths for many. Very funny and to the point.
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on 21 June 2016
It won't help you, but still a good read so you can postphone doing important things
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on 6 October 2014
Very good
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