Archive for the 'Procrastination' Category

Good Procrastination

Monday, December 26th, 2005

Paul Graham on good and bad kinds of procrastination:

“The most impressive people I know are all terrible procrastinators. So could it be that procrastination isn’t always bad?

Most people who write about procrastination write about how to cure it. But this is, strictly speaking, impossible. There are an infinite number of things you could be doing. No matter what you work on, you’re not working on everything else. So the question is not how to avoid procrastination, but how to procrastinate well.”


Sunday, November 13th, 2005


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How Can I Stop Procrastinating

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

A good thread at Metafilter as a reader asks how to stop a life long habit of procrastinating:

“I always do a great job with the short-term projects. I dive in, do the work, and within a day I have put together a high-quality final product.

I find it nearly impossible to handle multi-week or multi-month projects well at all, though. Sometimes I can plot out all the steps I need to take to define the project. I may even begin the process with gusto. But then a vast cloud of lethargy descends, and all I can make myself do is work on more short-term stuff or waste time. Finally, when there are only a few days until the deadline, I get a great burst of energy and start pulling things together.”

October Closure

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Say Leadership calls on everyone to use October as a chance to get focused on all those goals we said we would get done this year. Any loops you still have open at this point need to be refocused or they just ain’t gonna get done:

“So here we are in October, the month that begs for closure in whatever you had hoped to achieve in the year, for let’s face it: November and December are mostly about the holidays to come, that seemingly relentless line up of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and New Years Day. School breaks, holiday parties, gift shopping and a rapid succession of other schedule changes annihilate the predictability of your routine. It’s supposed to be joyful, but somehow it becomes a cruel gauntlet that wreaks havoc on any sense of normality you tried to get to until this calendar parade started colliding with your psyche, stressing you out. No wonder most New Year’s resolutions are rooted in nothing more but emotional turmoil.”

Get Started by Committing to Not Finishing

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Altho many have advocated kicking procrastination by letting yourself have short 5 mintue breaks from working, SelfAggrandizement flips this on its head and realizes that the key is to take breaks from the enjoyable tasks to work for only 5 minutes.

Freed from the burden of knowing he will have to work for more than 5 minutes, the task can be started and at least sometimes momentum keeps the work coming:

“For the first time, I seem to have discovered my subconscious resistance to getting started: the inherent internal commitment to keep going past that first step. Take away that commitment, and the getting started seems far less terrifying. After which, apparently, the keeping going sort of takes care of itself.”

Dash Not to the Finish But to the Start - Kill Procrastination

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

43 Folders as usual has some simple but excellent wisdom on breaking out of the procrastination rut when it seems you just can’t even get started on a task.

“By making even the most modest bit of progress on your hated task, you’ve done what once seemed impossible: you got started. When you realize how much of the anxiety you’d experienced was created in your head, you’ll experience huge relief and give yourself the jolt needed to get back on track.”

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