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The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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—Ben Schott, author of Schott’s Original Miscellany
“Do not put off reading this charming guide to more effective procrastination. Dr. Perry is the Fabius Cunctator in our war against the Hannibal of the undone. Be gone, elephants of nagging duty.
—P. J. O’Rourke, author of Holidays in Hell
“Insightful, sensible, and amusing.”
—Harry G. Frankfurt, author of On Bullshit
“John Perry is the wittiest philosopher since Marx (Groucho), and he brings to this book a delightful combination of wisdom and humor.”
—Thomas Cathcart, coauthor of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .
“The Art of Procrastination is a gem—its practical wisdom as spot-on as its humor. Now that I’ve devoured this hilarious and insightful tome, I not only know that I’m a structured procrastinator, but I’ve also picked up some invaluable tips on how to fool myself into being more productive, which to put to use someday.”
—Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
“What are you waiting for? Read this book!”
—Patricia Marx, author of Starting from Happy
“John Perry’s book is lively, funny, engaging and wise. And—fortunately for procrastinators—short. It’s just the thing for a moment or two away from the task at hand!”
—Timothy A. Pychyl, PhD, author of The Procrastinator’s Digest
“I intend to write a rave about The Art of Procrastination just as soon as I’ve cleared my desk this afternoon—or at least by first thing tomorrow—because reading this straight-talking, badly needed book has changed my life.”
—Bruce McCall, writer and illustrator for The New Yorker
“There are lessons both deep and funny to be found in our capacity to put things off, and Perry is the ideal guide—a writer of superlative wisdom and wit. Forget whatever you were supposed to do next, and read this book.”
—Mark Kingwell, PhD, coauthor of The Idler’s Glossary
“The Art of Procrastination rings startlingly true. Perry reconstructs the inner dialogue of the procrastinator with a droll, lighthearted style that has inspired me to try his strategies (alarm clocks, self-deceptions, and self-forgiveness).
—Patrick Byre, CEO, Overstock.com
About the Author
He is the co-host of the nationally syndicated public radio program Philosophy Talk, and winner, in 2011, of an Ig Nobel Prize in Literature for the essay “Structured Procrastination.” He lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California.
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Procrastination is the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done, and in some people it is a habitual way of handling any task. As kids we were asked not to postpone until tomorrow what can be done today, inscribed on school homework books. The avoidance of doing a task which needs to be done, or procrastination not only affects a person's work, but may probably involves guilt feelings. Trying to disguise our avoidance by looking busy doing things that may be interesting, would not contribute towards the goal, rather than filing our tax return, for example, before the mid April deadline!
Searching Amazon.com for books on Procrastination, you may retrieve a thousand, but John Perry is the only author who calls it, an art. The versatile philosopher and creative thinker, who has earned the hearts as well as the minds of his readers and students, is the winner of Ig Nobel Prize in literature, described as, "first makes people laugh and then makes people think." And as a master procrastinator, since I was 7 years old, I was waiting for this book popularizing on his essay which earned him this American parody.
Celebrating a distinguishing feature of human character flaw, The Art of Procrastination is a charming, challenging, engaging book, slim but full with funny arguments and bright ideas. "Most procrastinators are nice folks who get a lot done, albeit by not doing other things they should be doing," Perry says. "You may be a procrastinator, but you aren't a serial killer or a child-molester or someone who steals food from hungry nuns." What is procrastination's greatest gift? It is the chance to accomplish surprising, wonderful things by not sticking to a rigid schedule.
Dr. Timothy Pychyl elaborates on what prof. Perry referred to, writing,"people diagnosed with ADHD are characterized as 'having difficulties completing tasks on time, organizing work,...'. Quite a few readers ... have discussed their own ADHD in relation to procrastination. ... What surprises them and me is how little formal research has been conducted exploring the relation of ADHD to procrastination."--Psychology Today. Indeed, the eminent scholar offers innovative strategies, effective tactics and funny advise to abate the consequences of dawdling, lollygagging and postponing syndromes!
Identifying that you're a procrastinator is one thing. Coping with it is another. Actually changing that is something John Perry won't be able to tell you about.
The Art of Procrastination justifies your procrastinating lifestyle and makes you feel content by rephrasing it to "Structured Procrastination". I was thoroughly engaged with his conversational writing style and witty humor but failed to gain any real value from him.
He does provide some practical skills to improve your production and offers an alternate way of looking at the procrastination problem. However, it's his writing style that kept me reading, not his advice.
The ideas Perry offers aren't new or controversial. I enjoyed the read but even to his own admission, this book is the product of his own struggles with procrastination.
John Perry's goal is to help procrastinators feel good about themselves. Part of this process is pointing out how much procrastinators really do get done and how good it is that some other things don't get done. On the way you learn some tricks that will help you learn to live productively with your procrastination without getting over it. At least, not yet.
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