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05 March 2012 @ 03:24 pm
My father just threw a book at me: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (by David Allen). So, as I tend to do when I am Avoiding Other Things, I skimmed it.

Near the end there is a section titled "Why Bright People Procrastinate the Most"; it includes the side-note "Bright people have the capability of freaking out faster and more dramatically than anyone else."

Now, with my well-honed ability to procrastinate (see: how I got through junior high; how I got through high school; how I got through university, dissertation, and exams; and how I can't count the number of all-nighters I've done in my life), and my nearly unmatched ability to freak out with great haste and melodrama, I must conclude that I am in some way bright. My brain very quickly catalogues (and visualises in glorious detail) all the terrible ways one very simple thing could go wrong, until I'm twiddling my thumbs and whistling Sesame Street songs to avoid the obvious embarrassment, pain, death, or jail-time in which any action would inevitably culminate.

I suppose it's one way to come to that conclusion, mm? Funny to have the traits that make me feel most stupid actually indicate that I'm not, and group me in with many other very bright people.

So I shall leave you with a fitting quote, one which is also side-noted in that section of the book:

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. - Mark Twain

Happy procrastination, ye bright stars of my constellation of friends!
Ginger: rainbow thinksrainydaymare on March 5th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
That's... oddly comforting. I feel a bit better about my infinite capacity for freaking out now! Also, ::procrastination hoofbump::
Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Clump of crocuses.cranky__crocus on March 5th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
It is comforting, isn't it? I don't know if you've ever researched procrastination as a form of procrastination, but it's pretty interesting - the different forms of procrastination, and the like. I can't recall exactly what mine is (I have a crap memory), but it's something like the "nervous perfectionist procrastinator"; many of my friends in uni were the "relaxed non-perfectionist procrastinators" in that, instead of avoiding things in a 'alsdkjflasjf here are all the ways it could go wrong and I could look stupid' way they did it with a 'nawr it's all good, I got all the time in the world' mentality. I would fret up until the last seconds before I passed something in; they'd finish theirs (often under the word limit, when I would have to cut mine down) and say 'eh, good enough' before passing it in. And other variants of procrastinators...

We are a legion of the mighty. If only we could be bothered to, like, get together and organise (as if!), we could take over the world. Maybe next year...

*Procrastination hoofbump back.* After I read that section I was all, "I'M GOING TO TACKLE THE WORLD NOW!" But instead I went potty, jumped on my bed, put a bin-liner in my rubbish bin and threw out one back of chips, took a long while putting my hair up in the perfect "I'm a productive person of society" bun (I have lots of hair), decided not to put on a bra, and then heard the 'beep' that your comment left in my inbox.

And here I am, responding at length.