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    Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    I have been putting off posting this, but...Science Daily reports that:
    A University of Calgary professor in the Haskayne School of Business has recently published his magnum opus on the subject of procrastination -- and it's only taken him 10 years.


    Joking aside, Dr. Piers Steel is probably the world's foremost expert on the subject of putting off until tomorrow what should be done today. His comprehensive analysis of procrastination research, published in the recent edition of the American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin, presents some surprising conclusions on the subject, such as:
    • Most people's New Year's resolutions are doomed to failure
    • Most self-help books have it completely wrong when they say perfectionism is at the root of procrastination, and
    • Procrastination can be explained by a single mathematical equation
    Essentially, procrastinators have less confidence in themselves, less expectancy that they can actually complete a task," Steel says. "Perfectionism is not the culprit. In fact, perfectionists actually procrastinate less, but they worry about it more...."

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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    I'll read this tomorrow.
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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by vic_france
    I'll read this tomorrow.
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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by vic_france
    I'll read this tomorrow.
    Tomorrow? Tomorrow I'm going to make plans
    to think about reading it. Well, if I have time,
    that is. Maybe tomorrow, instead, I'll just make
    plans to do the planning to plan a day to plan
    thinking about reading it. Although, now that
    I think about it, tomorrow might be a better day
    to review my whole planning procedure, and think
    about planning a day to do some planning to plan
    a new planning plan. Maybe I better wait until
    all that's done, first...

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    I discovered my own formula for procrastination in just a few minutes. One or more unpleasant tasks plus one or more more pleasant diversions plus time less an established routine of doing the unpleasant task equals procrastination. My living room may contain a 7/16" R8 collet. Cleaning could answer that question, but that would require cleaning. There are many things I'd rather do than clean, so I'll play with a circuit to detect very faint optical signals and play the piano and eat something and maybe go out and and and. If I wander into an alternate universe where collets can be found by eating popcorn, I'll get right to it without delay.

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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Tomorrow? Tomorrow I'm going to make plans
    to think about reading it. Well, if I have time,
    that is. Maybe tomorrow, instead, I'll just make
    plans to do the planning to plan a day to plan
    thinking about reading it. Although, now that
    I think about it, tomorrow might be a better day
    to review my whole planning procedure, and think
    about planning a day to do some planning to plan
    a new planning plan. Maybe I better wait until
    all that's done, first...

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .
    Aaaahhhh...the Emergence of Time?
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
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    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by snorlax

    Aaaahhhh...the Emergence of Time?
    I'll take all the plugs I can get, Jim... rofl.

    The Emergence of Time

    Though I'll really have to think about the implications
    inferred by your obliquely subtle observation.

    Maybe tomorrow.

    Best,

    David.

    .

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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    I'll take all the plugs I can get, Jim... rofl.

    The Emergence of Time

    Though I'll really have to think about the implications
    inferred by your obliquely subtle observation.

    Maybe tomorrow.

    Best,

    David.

    .

    Thanks, David...rather than "obliquely subtle," I am usually described as "flatulent yet banal."

    Jim
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by snorlax

    Thanks, David...rather than "obliquely subtle," I am usually described as "flatulent yet banal."

    Jim
    Why... I'm flabbergasted. Jim, I've long suspected we share a
    common ancestor.

    You see, I'm oft (quite aptly) described as... "banal yet flatulent".

    Surely this cannot be mere coincidence.

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Formula For Procrastination Discovered

    I remember a College philosophy teacher who always stated a date when making assignments. i.e. "This reading assigment is due on Monday, January 15, 2007 at 1:00" even though the date was tomorrow. A student finally asked him why he always stated a date so exactly. His response was that if he had said the assignment was due tomorrow, then when the date arrived it would be "today" and not yet "tomorrow", therefore the exactness of the date. Then as class was getting ready to dismiss, he reminded us that there was a test coming up. As we left the room he said "Don't forget the test coming up. I'll tell you when, tomorrow," to the laughter of all the class.
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