National Procrastination Week

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National Procrastination Week is a national holiday devoted to procrastination and putting-off important tasks.[1] It is an annual event that takes place during the first two weeks of March, but, in spirit of the holiday, the specific dates change annually.


There are several expressed goals for the week. The first is to celebrate the act of procrastinating by leaving necessary tasks to be done at a later time. There are, however, other purposes for the holiday. One claim is that the week of putting-off provides a mental and emotional break causing a decrease in stress and anxiety. However the holiday does not advocate sloth and inaction. Instead it places emphasis on accomplishing tasks and leisurely activities that could not be accomplished while one had other responsibilities. These may include reading, cooking, cleaning, and exercising.


There is a significant amount of opposition to and disagreement with the holiday. Mostly, those against the holiday state that the week promotes negative and self-destructive behavior. One article expressed "we could even add a week for problem drinkers as well. In fact, I'm sure we could find something for at least one week a month to celebrate all the flavors of our self-regulation failure".[2] Many claim that even from a week, procrastination can develop into a difficult-to-change habit. The opposition claims that through procrastination one harms all aspects of their lives, at work, at home, and in health.


  • 2008 = March 9–15
  • 2009 = Second week of March (Specific dates unclear)
  • 2010 = March 4–10
  • 2011 = March 7–13
  • 2012 = March 4–10
  • 2013 = March 3–9
  • 2014 = March 8–14
  • 2015 = Always

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