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John Perry

The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing

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    daryaksyonzhar citeretfor 3 år siden
    Here is where technology can help. It doesn’t have to be something Steve Jobs came up with. The old-fashioned clock radio will do, as long as you can find a station
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    The toast is burning, the rain is pouring, and Dalton feels like she’s losing her lover—but she does have coffee to go with all of this misery. In spite of the morose message, the rhythm is completely infectious
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    Putting a song on your start-me-up list is not a judgment about which songs and groups are the best. Perhaps you think “Hey Jude” by the Beatles is clearly superior to their song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” The latter still might be a better choice for morning music.
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    And a happy song with an infectious beat can get us up and at ’em when we’re feeling down in the dumps, which can be all too often for procrastinators.
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    But something like “Hurt” is just what you are in the mood for when the blues hit. That’s why they call the blues the blues, I suppose. I get up feeling low. Two or three or four cups of coffee don’t get me going. Maybe music will help?
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    Whether the procrastination causes the depression or vice versa, I don’t know. Whichever comes first, they reinforce each other.
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    in the case of people like me with tin ears and little sense of rhythm,
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    Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement through small, implement­able steps. If you say you are adopting the Kaizen Way, rather than simply that you are trying to procrastinate less, you will sound like you have adopted a martial arts regimen. That’s kind of cool.
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    By the time I sit down with my first cup of coffee, I can check off seven items. This feels good and looks impressive. My day of accomplishment is off to a flying start. I don’t need reminders to do any of these things. But I do need a little pat on the back for doing them
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    You can use your computer to make your to-do list. In fact various programs and websites—for example, Outlook, Gmail, and LazyMeter.com—will generate nice lists for you. But they are not optimal because usually the task simply disappears when you check it off. It would be much more satisfying if a big red line were drawn through the task, accompanied by a little noise of triumph, but I haven’t found a program that does this.
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    : How useful would a perfect job be here? How much more useful would it be than a merely adequate job? Or even a half-assed job? And you’ve got to ask yourself: What is the probability that I will really do anything like a remotely perfect job on this?
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    At this point, I dig through the files, magazines, and unopened correspondence on my desk, and after a bit of panic—Have I lost the manuscript? Will I have to ask the publisher for another copy? Should I lie and say that I thought I mailed the manuscript back with the review, but it must have been in that briefcase the mugger took from me?
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    The point is that if you are a procrastinator, of the garden variety sort
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    If all the procrastinator had left to do was to sharpen some pencils, no force on earth could get him to do it.
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    But now I begin to find the cumulonimbus clouds of guilt and shame above me are lifting. . . .
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    Oddly enough, once we realize that we are structured procrastinators, not only do we feel better about ourselves but we also actually improve somewhat in our ability to get things done, because, once the miasma of guilt and despair clears, we have a better understanding of what keeps us from doing those things.
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    In 1930 Robert Benchley wrote a column for the Chicago Tribune titled “How to Get Things Done,” in which he stated that “anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.”
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    . Now, I am a professional philosopher, strange as that may sound to most people.
    stevenvivarsuarezhar citeretfor 6 år siden
    lems that require more therapy than lighthearted philosophy can provide.
    stevenvivarsuarezhar citeretfor 6 år siden
    procrastination is sometimes a manifestation of deeper prob
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