The Art of Procrastination

I have no doubt that almost all our readers have, at some time or another, seen those motivational “Successories” posters that grace the walls of so many cubicle farms.


You know, the ones with slogans like “Achievement: Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow” or “Vision: A leader’s job is to look into the future and to see the organization not as it is … but as it can become.” And I’d wager more than a few of them had an onset of nausea when they read these trite and equivocal signs.


But I’ll bet far fewer have seen the Demotivators parody posters, which are a lot funnier and — in many cases — much more honest about the dynamics of the corporate world. One of my favorites of this series is the one for the “virtue” of procrastination, which states, “Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.” Ain’t that the truth!


Of course, most people would have you believe procrastination is a bad thing, as if putting off doing something until well after it’s been assigned means the results will be sloppy, incomplete and unsatisfactory. That might be true of novices, but professional procrastinators know better.


For instance, as a journalist, some of my best work has come out of the crucible that forms in the dwindling minutes before it’s supposed to be…


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