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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!
 
 
 
iselima: Running Horseiselima on March 5th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Utterly recognizable, though I wonder if that should be a comforting or rather a discomforting thought *g*

That on the side, as I should also remark that I like this post a lot and below the funny tone, it's of course a serious and painful matter.

Looking at myself, the drama or melodrama is often limited to the simple thought, "I am unable to do this". I'm happy I don't see all the terrible ways one very simple thing could go wrong, yet my feeling is not helping me to get much done at all. Sigh.
Kiwi Crocus: Animal || Dog-tired.cranky__crocus on March 5th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, you're in good company here on LJ! We're the best of the best, as far as procrastination goes.

...also remark that I like this post a lot and below the funny tone, it's of course a serious and painful matter.
Ah, I'm glad you picked up on that, and it's very true. I often try to cloak things in humour (to keep my LJ space from being too dark much of the time), but yes indeed, it is also a serious and painful matter. Recently, it has been.

I tend to see all the ways things could mess up, and then go "I can't do this I can't do this I can't do this", and then head into the terrible cycle of "I can't do it because I'm stupid/unprepared/behind/not good enough" which is simply not pleasant!

Maybe next time I'll be able to sit back and think, "I'm procrastinating because I'm intimidated, not because I'm unable or not good enough." That would be nice!