Procrastination is a part of human nature. Many are the times when some of us want to do something but end up putting it off to the following day, week, or even month for “no apparent reason.” Whether or not this is a good or bad trait to have remains debatable. Some think things ought to be done when they should, while others believe the end justifies the means; as long as something is done, there isn’t any reason to complain. Regardless of your stand, here are some intriguing procrastination facts to kick-start your day.

1. Procrastibaking Is Among the Common Things Procrastinators Would Rather Do

Procrastibaking refers to the tendency to bake something completely unnecessary so an individual can avoid doing “what they should be doing.” Apparently, the practice is so common that dozens of procrastibaking recipes are online.

2. “Procrastinate” Means “To Put Off Until Tomorrow” in Latin

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The word “procrastinate” comes from a combination of the Latin words pro- (forward) and –crastinus (until next day). So it loosely translates to “to put off until tomorrow.” In the same breath, to “perendinate,” though rarely used, means “to put off until the day after tomorrow.”

3. There Is a Procrastinators’ Club of America

Formed in 1956, the Procrastinators’ Club of America comprises people who believe in procrastinating. The Philadelphia-based club was jokingly started by Les Waas but was eventually registered as a business in the city in 1966. It claims to promote the philosophy of relaxation by putting off those things that needn’t to be done today until later.

4. Procrastination Is One of the Most Complex Psychological Behaviors

Human procrastination ranks up there with the most complex psychological behaviors because people do it for varied reasons. Usually, procrastination is associated with “laziness.” However, according to recent scientific research, it has more to do with human emotions.

For instance, a depressed or anxious person is more likely to procrastinate. Fear of failure and reliance on abstract goals have also been associated with the psychological behavior.

5. There Have Been Awards for Procrastinators in the Past

Among the many funny things that the Procrastinators’ Club of America did was to award a female known as Beth Swinand with Miss Procrastinator. Interestingly, even though Swinand won the award in 1956, she was officially crowned in November 1957.

At the same time, the club decided it would have its Christmas party in April but ended up postponing picking the exact date for the event.

6. The Procrastinators’ Club of America Once Protested against a War That Ended over a Century a go

One of the most popular things that the Procrastinators’ Club of America did was protest against a war that happened in 1812. In 1966, after over a century and a half, the club held an anti-war demonstration, which they termed successful as it resulted in the signing of a treaty.

7. An Architect Created the Plans of Fallingwater in 2.5 Hours After Procrastinating for 9 Months

Frank Lloyd Wright Sr. was a renowned designer, writer, and architect tasked with creating the plans for Fallingwater, a weekend retreat house for Liliane and Edgar J. Kaufmann, who owns Pittsburgh’s Kaufmann’s Department Store. Interestingly, Frank Lloyd Write Sr. procrastinated and did zero work on the project for 9 months. He only took it seriously when he heard the client was in town and on his way to his office.

8. There Is a German Rhyme About Procrastination that Also Rhymes When Translated into English

When the rhyming German phrase “Morgen, morgen, nur nicht heute, sagan alle faulen leute” is translated to English, it becomes “Tomorrow, tomorrow, just not today, say all lazy people,” which also has the same stylistic device.

9. Precrastination Is the Opposite of Procrastination

While procrastination is the tendency to voluntarily or unnecessarily postpone things to a later time or date, prescrastination is the direct opposite; it refers to the mindset to complete tasks quickly. However, precrastination is not necessarily better than procrastination as it may result in unreasonable choices, consumes more energy and requires more resources.

10. There Is a National Procrastination Week

In the first two weeks of March, procrastinators worldwide and other interested parties take time to procrastinate and put off important tasks. However, in the true spirit of the holiday, the exact dates are usually not communicated in advance and change annually. In 2024, the holiday will be held (this piece is written before the actual time) between March 8 and 14.

11. September 6 Is Fight Procrastination Day

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Since the first National Procrastination Week was held in March 2008, the holiday has constantly attracted significant opposition and disagreements. Debates center on promoting destructive and harmful behaviors. Those opposed have since set aside September 6 as the Fight Procrastination Day. Participants get their to-do lists and cross off tasks, learn new ways of fighting procrastination, and reward themselves for completed assignments.

12. There Is a Famous Mark Twain Quote That People Like to Use

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain was a writer, essayist, entrepreneur, and humorist, among other things. One of his most humorous quotes/sayings was, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do after tomorrow just as well.”

13. The Procrastinators’ Club of America Once Picketed a Seafood Restaurant for its Early Bird Special

In 1991, the Procrastinator’s Club of America grabbed the headlines when its members picketed a seafood restaurant, complaining about its early bird special. Interestingly, the group’s founder, Les Waas, held a blank sign because he hadn’t found enough time to write anything on it.

In other unrelated news, the Procrastinators’ Club also published a newsletter known as “Last Month’s Newsletter.”

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Last Update: March 5, 2024