Two images: at left, light-skinned person with stubble and curly hair lying upside down on green grass wearing white pants and a pink and white pinstriped collared shirt, resting. At right: light-skinned hand holding a sportswatch with hands showing 1:30.

Is this person procrastinating? Or appropriocrastinating? What time is it? If you want to appropriocrastinate, you need to know. Images from Morguefile: Left image is by Seeman. Right image is by Rcastillon.


“Appropriocrastinate” is a term I invented.

It means to put something off until its right time. It combines “appropriate” and “procrastinate.”

Its meaning is to procrastinate appropriately.

How do you know when to use the term “appropriocrastinate”?

You sense you are procrastinating and you love it.

With plenty of time to do what you want as well as what you need, you can easily put off something til later.

Therefore, you sense when it is time to procrastinate. That procrastination is appropriate.

“Appropriocrastinate” brings back together some things that need reunification:
    • appropriate procrastination
    • (re)appropriating time.

Remember that all time is your time and time is wealth.


How do you know when to do the thing itself: “appropriocrastinate”?

You know you have plenty of time. You budget your time wisely. You’ve probably mapped it.

You are confident about your time in a way the world rarely sees, acknowledges, or rewards.

Here’s Why I Say That:

One of the great ways we keep ourselves in the rat race, on the hamster wheel, or simply “busy” (yecch) is by convincing ourselves that we

    • don’t have enough time
    • have too much to do
    • can’t possibly catch up

or that it’s

    • not our choice
    • not our fault

and thus

    • there’s nothing we can do.

Bulls–t, all of it.


Appropriocrastination: Five Easy Steps

It’s very simple to learn how to appropriocrastinate:
    1. Think about doing a task.
    2. Notice if it feels like time to do it now.
    3. If it does, do it now. If it doesn’t, go to step 4.
    4. Schedule it the way you would anything else. If you are nervous you will schedule it too late, schedule a “check-in” about it first.
    5. When its time comes, go to step 2.

Yes, it really works. You will not endlessly reschedule and you will learn a lot about yourself if you try this five-step method and pay attention to how you handle it.

Quickly, you’ll learn who’s in charge of your time, your mind, and your tasks, and your higher self shows up early in the process to help guide you to doing the right thing at the right time, and not doing the right thing when it’s not time.


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