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AoS speaks for me on this:

There are two types of people: Those who only sometimes procrastinate those who are so inclined to it that it creates havoc in their lives. Lately, I tend to be the latter of the two. […] My procrastination has been so bad today that I actually researched “procrastination” in order to procrastinate a bit longer. Then, I tweeted about my procrastination in order to drag it out even further. Then, others joined in, and it was clear that I am far from the only one. […] Well, the fine folks at The Next Web blog have posted a very timely article on the science of procrastination …

Procrastination is a time-based phenomenon, so I’m sure there’s a gripping philosophical angle, if only it were possible to extract some cognitive resources from the labyrinth of digression. Seriously, there’s a major procrastination post coming … some time later (i.e. as soon as practically possible, which always means at the last, sleep-starved minute).

The essence of procrastination (at least for me): this is far too urgent to deal with right now.

April 1, 2014admin 8 Comments »
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  • Handle Says:

    There is always a chance that if you procrastinate, the task you are delaying will become unnecessary. If one always did every task at the first available opportunity, then one would be wasting effort on those occasions, but if one waits until the last minute, then one is much more likely to only do the work that is essential.

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    RiverC Reply:

    Subgenius approved

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    Lesser Bull Reply:

    Masterly inaction. The Tao of sloth.

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    Posted on April 1st, 2014 at 6:09 pm Reply | Quote
  • Thales Says:

    Procrastination is a proven business strategy.

    On a personal level, when one achieves fifth dan mastery of the Art, the black-belt can turn Procrastination back upon itself when he needs something done instantly — “niao!” is the ki-ai of the master folding time, space and consciousness into singularity…

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    RiverC Reply:

    Action-no-action is not to be trifled with, for the essence of inaction is its immediacy, and of action, its agency. To master both is to have immediate agency.

    It’s worth noting that the West is trying to figure out if they can procrastinate themselves out of needing to work before the machines take over. This well and good unless the machines learn how to procrastinate too.

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    Posted on April 1st, 2014 at 6:50 pm Reply | Quote
  • Nicholas Pell Says:

    I’m one of those people who concentrate better when distracted, which I was glad to recently learn is actually a thing.

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    Posted on April 1st, 2014 at 6:56 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mike in Boston Says:

    I suspect whether procrastination can be beneficial depends upon one’s personality.
    Personally, I see much truth in the old chestnut: Procrastination is fear of success.

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    Posted on April 1st, 2014 at 7:55 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alrenous Says:

    http://calnewport.com/blog/2011/07/10/the-procrastinating-caveman-what-human-evolution-teaches-us-about-why-we-put-off-work-and-how-to-stop/

    I’m sure these can all play a role in procrastination, but in my experience there’s a fourth reason that’s significantly more common: your brain doesn’t buy your plan.

    http://www.structuredprocrastination.com/

    However, the procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely and important tasks, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.

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    Posted on April 1st, 2014 at 8:25 pm Reply | Quote

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