The Art of Procrastination : Book Summary

A light-hearted read for procrastinators.

Harshita Kasera
Book Nook
2 min readJul 9, 2024

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The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing by John R. Perry is a great short read especially if you are a procrastinator like me.

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A procrastinator is a person who delays or puts things off — like work, chores, or other actions — that should be done in a timely manner. Procrastinator comes from the Latin verb procrastinare, which means deferred until tomorrow.

Describe the book in one sentence

Effective Procrastination can boost productivity and well-being.

What I love about this book

The title of the book caught my attention and it perfectly captures the refreshing approach to procrastination. I always knew I was a procrastinator and often times felt stressed or guilty about it. After reading this book I not only know that I’m a structured procrastinator, but I’ve also learnt how to deceit myself into being more productive by using my procrastination effectively.

What I love about the author

The book is written in such a humorous tone with doodles in the beginning of each chapter that I ended up googling about the author John R. Perry and his other works. You can find them here. The author also co-founded & hosts a podcast called Philosophy Talk.

Did you know? John R. Perry was awarded an Ig Nobel prize in the literature category for his theory of “structured procrastination.” The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine and technology. Reference

Interesting concepts in the book

  • Structured Procrastination : Intentionally delaying less important tasks to focus on activities that are beneficial for personal or professional growth.
  • Task Triage : Sorting the tasks based on urgency.
  • Horizontal Organizers vs Vertical Organizers : Structured Procrastinators are usually horizontal organizers as they like to arrange all the things they are suppose to be working on spread out as oppose to picking one task and finishing that as done by vertical organizers. The imagination of a lazy Susan is just so creative.

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My Favorite Quote(s) in the book

  • “Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment” — Robert Benchley

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