Structured Procrastination

Structured Procrastination is the art of doing productive tasks while avoiding the task at hand.

Procrastination seldom means doing nothing - merely not doing the thing that has to be done. To turn this into structured procrastination, have a long enough list of tasks that doing something further down on the list accomplishes avoiding the current task while also doing something worthwile.

structured procrastination requires a certain amount of self-deception, since one is in effect constantly perpetrating a pyramid scheme on oneself.

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