The Intermechanics of Lollygagging

How to Be a Productive Procrastinator was the topic at hand on Talk of the Nation on June 12, 2008. Rationalizing our dawdling, Neal Conan lead a discussion about the latest on procrastination from Timothy Pychyl, blogger of Don’t Delay on Psychology Today and professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and John Perry, self-professed structured procrastinator, co-host of the Philosophy Talk podcast, and professor of philosophy at Stanford University. Two of my personal favorite procrastinators are Douglas Adams and Mark Twain.

Happiness is the product of the pursuit of your goals. Is procrastination a negative or positive force in your life?

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” -Mark Twain

  • June 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm Kerul

    There’s a new book out titled Productive Procrastination, and it describes how to do it, how to tell productive from destructive procrastination, and how to end the destruction kind. It’s available on Learn more about the book at

  • May 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm Blake Butler

    Psychology is one of the most interesting branches of science because there are so many unknowns.-“-