New Stuff Tuesday – May 7

The Art of Procrastination

The Art of Procrastination:
A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing
by John Perry
BF637 .P76 P46 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

I went over to the New Arrivals Island with stress on the brain. You know, the end of the semester is upon us, the library’s busier than it usually is, and people are frantically preparing final projects and studying for finals. I nearly missed this skinny book that exemplifies the opposite [or not, depending on your perspective] of what’s going on.

Perry, emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University, takes the topic of putting things off very seriously. He ruminates from his decades of experience about the philosophical side of everyone’s favorite pastime and argues that it’s actually not necessarily a bad thing. Using the idea of akrasia, the phenomenon behind going against our best judgment, the author provides strategies to overcome our inner perfectionism / procrastination to produce the right result: crossing items off of the to-do list.

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I'm the library guy. No, seriously, I'm the only male reference & instruction librarian. I also have the pleasure of serving several campus committees, the Academic Staff Assembly and the Chancellor's Task Force on LGBT Issues, among others.
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4 Responses to New Stuff Tuesday – May 7

  1. spudart says:

    I’ll read this book right after I get a couple other things done.

  2. kyle says:

    i already read the book. i’m responding to your comment to make it feel like i’ve accomplished something.

    it’s the little things, really. =)

  3. Infovoyeur says:

    The problem is soluble. Simply set up a Time Management program. First, decide your goals. (This may taik time & delay #2 prioritize, #3 lead-time planning, #4 avoid distractions, etc. But be patient…)

  4. Infovoyeur says:

    Well its been a soild mouth (30 daze) since this review was poasted, and no new weakly other books to replaice it. So I am glad that at least some people can Practice what the book Preaches. Whitsch is that God Work Take’s Time, & No Nead to Rush In To new Projects without proper pre-preparation, “lede-time planing,” and the rest as the Procrastionation Manuel says. It also follow’s the mandait of “pace your schedule, dont slak of but dont rush either.” Good Work, & With Any Luck… TTFN Ta Ta for the Simmer! CHESTER

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