Structured Procrastination is a thing, and a beautiful thing it is. The title of the book is, in itself, worth a look: The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing.
The idea is that procrastinators tend to get lots of good stuff done whilst avoiding other important tasks. Also, that they do their best work on those high-priority items with a limited amount of time (we generally create this circumstance through thorough laundry-doing and DIY projecting).
I have been meaning to get around to reading this book ever since I heard a piece about it on NPR, but I guess that it takes a while to process the experience of having one’s entire life validated in one brief radio spot. I’m not even entirely sure that John Perry, the author of the above-mentioned book, has any sort of corner on the concept. He might not have copyrighted promptly; who knows?
Tonight, I am in late-ish August mode, that period of time when teachers are knee-deep in professional development, and when they anxiously attempt to crush the sneaking suspicion within; the one that is telling them that, perhaps, they are imposters after all.
Structured procrastination is so comforting and entertaining right now. There are quite a few tasks that I have to do. Soon. Some of my possible alternative accomplishments:
*Procrastination a la Pinterest:
*Create and pin all possible projects involving bleach crafting, and share every one of these on Facebook. There are a lot of them. Don’t ask me to define “bleach crafting.” I just made up the category when I saw a really ugly Pinterest shirt with writing done with bleach. It is my hope that some prominent bleach artist with her own Etsy shop called “Life’s a Bleach” does not read this and write an indignant comment while she puts off filling those bleach lettering orders for that family reunion in East Undershirt. She made up the category, and her last name is White.
*Clean my Pier One rattan accent table using cotton swabs and whatever the Internet says is best for cleaning rattan that has been cleaned less than once. Come on, clean freaks. I’ve dusted it.
*Deadhead the annuals to extend their bloom duration.
*Throw away those potatoes.
*Plan a procrastination party. What will you accomplish when you structure your avoidance?