Practice Productive Procrastination

What will annoy you tomorrow that you didn’t do today?

Topher McCulloch
Oct 23, 2015 · 3 min read

“Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will — tomorrow”

–Ancient High School English Teacher Proverb

Writing on sticky notes is sort of like doing something.

I’ve spent the past three weekends feeling anxious about not accomplishing much, so it seemed like a good time to collect some of the methods I use to get unstuck.

I accept a certain level of dilly-dallying always occurs, so I plan for it and try to at least spend my time practicing productive procrastination, even if it’s not always working on the task at hand. These are a few things that work for me. Your results may vary. When I say you, I mean me.

  • Open the document. Always start here. You might accidentally start work without realizing.

Whatever you do, do not get stuck in the Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr / Social Network Flavor of the Week refresh cycle. When you find yourself mindlessly clicking from site to site, close the tab, close your browser, close your laptop, get up, and walk away from the computer. That should be enough time for you to check your phone to see if anyone’s posted something new on Instagram.


A shorter version of this post was originally published October 21st, 2015 on LinkedIn Pulse. Guess how many days it languished as a draft here first. Also, shoutout to Austin Kleon’s great Steal Like an Artist for getting the alliterative “practice productive procrastination” in my head.

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