The thief of time
We have all been there – there is an important job to be done, but we find an endless number of ways to do other things. Almost anything will do. And those other things, while they feel valid in the moment, never seem to achieve much in reality. So we are left with a frustrated feeling of having wasted time.
The majority of the remedial suggestions we have seen are much the same: just do it! – a clever-sounding solution which has all the richness and therapeutic content of pull yourself together!
If we want to avoid keep falling into the same trap – and start to generate constructive solutions – we need to understand the structure of procrastination, a mechanism that we implement reliably and consistently. Once we understand that structure, we can tinker with it to produce the result that we really want.
But first, let’s get rid of some false ideas about procrastination.