The Art of Procrastination.


I admit it. I’m guilty of procrastination. Pottering around the house. Changing a set of handlebars. Even tidying. Or typing away on this blog instead of knucking down to work. See? I’m doing it right now.

So it was with some interest that I came across this close-to-the-bone post on Tasty Research.

I rather like the factual way it’s explained; it makes it sound less lazy:

“Why do people procrastinate? This is an effect psychologists attribute to “hyperbolic time discounting”: the immediate rewards are disproportionally more compelling than the greater delayed costs. In other words, procrastination itself is the reward. ”


“I often hear of graduate students postponing their research to do other things: play Tetris, read comments on Slashdot or write a blog. We defer doing something “more important” to do something else and feel guilty and pleased at the same time. How sweet is it not to do work? Apparently, sweet enough to abate the heavy and bitter costs of procrastinating. Late fines and extra work for missing a deadline seem distant when you can chat online for another 20 minutes right now. ”

I’ve often tried the *self imposed deadline* approach. Of course, the challenge is to trick your mind into thinking it’s real… Is going out for a ride procrastinating? Luckily, no. Riding is always a good thing, a way to both clear your head and tune your muscles. Restore the balance.

Anyway, enough of this. Procrastinating by writing a post on procrastination! Whatever next…


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