Monday, January 7, 2013

Working: One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Procrastination.

Working: One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Procrastination.

Gretchen Rubin

author; blogger

I keep track of all my Secrets of Adulthood—the lessons I've learned, with difficulty, as I've grown up.

A very helpful *Secret of Adulthood* is: *Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination*.
When I have to do something I don't want to do, any other task seems irresistibly enticing.
Sometimes, this tendency can be productive. I may not have gotten that piece written, but my office is clean, my errands are done, and I've
cleared out a lot of email.

The problem is that—yes, I've been productive, but not in the right way.

That piece still isn't finished!
These days,  I'm careful to be honest with myself about what work" I need to do, and I recognize the* work-as-procrastination* excuse. I'm al
so wary of the related tendency: busy-work-as-procrastination excuse. 

Re-formatting a document isn't writing! Unfocused reading on the internet isn't research!

When a task is truly horrible, I sometimes tackle it with the resolution to

Suffer for 15 minutes

How about you? Do you procrastinate by working—by cleaning, organizing, answering emails, cruising the internet, making plans, or the like?

Edited by: Lawyer Asad

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