In Praise of Procrastination

Nicholas C. Rossis

Procrastination is the bane of many an author’s existence. So, what if I told you that it may not be such a bad thing after all?

The Passive Guy recently alerted me to a post by Quartz, which mentions the work of psychologist Maria Konnikova. In her own words:

The most effective way to tackle a new creative assignment is to put it off for a while. You’re actually doing the smartest and most productive thing in the world if you waste time.

Come again?

In a 2016 TED talk, Wharton Business School organizational psychologist and self-described “pre-crastinator” Adam Grant argued that moderate procrastination was a necessary habit for original thinkers. “Our first ideas, after all, are usually our most conventional,” he says.

Grant described a study by former student Jihae Shin, which shows that people who played a video game before working came up with more original business ideas…

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One response to “In Praise of Procrastination

  1. No kidding? It is a way of doing things that is prescribed in the textbooks as thinking outside the box and taking time to do so without being overly concerned about time wastage. Not new at all but clearly feasible.

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