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 in 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.


Year dates
2008 March 9–15
2009 second week of March (specific dates unclear)
2010 March 1–7[3]
2011 March 7–13
2012 March 4–10
2013 March 3–9
2014 March 8–14
2015 March 8–15[4]
2016 March 6–12[5]
2017 March 5–11[6][7]
2018 March 4–10
2019 March 3–9[8]
2020 March 1–7


  1. ^ "National Procrastination Week | March 2013 Calendar". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23.
  2. ^ "March 4th! - It's National Procrastination Week | Psychology Today".
  3. ^ "National Procrastination Week is Here". 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  4. ^ Farr, Laurie Jo Miller (Mar 8, 2015). "National Procrastination Week is Here...On Time". Examiner.
  5. ^ "National Procrastination Week: March 6-12, 2016". Getting Organized Magazine. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  6. ^ "March 2017 Holidays". Brownielocks & the Three Bears. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  7. ^ "World Holidays and Observances". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  8. ^ Born, Debra. "Embracing National Procrastination Week". Utica College. Retrieved 11 March 2019.

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