Sunday, November 16, 2008

- Prioritize This -

Procrastination is simply setting a task to the lowest priority - lower than checking Facebook and surfing the 'net. Addiction is simply setting a task to the highest priority - just below eating and sleeping, or possibly even above it. Once we realize this, we don't have to take a passive stance on procrastination and addiction:

- procrastination and addiction are simply setting priorities
- ultimately, we control our priorities
- if we want, we can defeat addiction by setting other things as "higher priority"
- ditto with procrastination

Incidentally, when a productive task becomes an addiction, great things can be achieved.


KerulLibrary said...

Well, yes, but there's a more complex set of variables at work than what you've described.

Not all procrastination (or productivity, for that matter) is created equal.

It can sometimes be good to procrastinate - it can lead to less struggle, delay (counter-intuitive, but true), and more optimal functioning.

There's a new book out titled Productive Procrastination, and it describes how to do it, how to tell productive from destructive procrastination, and how to end the destruction kind. (Yes, it's available on Learn more about the concept of Procrastivity at Wishing you optimal procrastivity!

Echo said...

Yup, I agree! Selective procrastination can be a good thing, and I actually had an article on that subject in mind when I wrote this post.