Procrastination is the penis-enlargement of self-improvement blogs. It’s been done to death, and the truth never exceeds the maxim “use the tool you have.”
That said, the topic is still of vital importance (procrastination).
Every time I feel like tackling this subject, I’m always drawn to a particular post by the cartoon bloggers Tim Urban and Andrew Finn.
This is by no means a plug. I don’t know these guys, but frankly, they nailed what it is to be driven to despair over putting off tasks.
The art leaves something to be desired (I’m no better), but the wise visual aids and anecdotal pain cuts to the core of procrastinators everywhere.
I was particularly struck by how he describes what was dubbed as: “The Dark Playground” Here is an excerpt.
“The Dark Playground is a place every procrastinator knows well. It’s a place where leisure activities happen at times when leisure activities are not supposed to be happening. The fun you have in the Dark Playground isn’t actually fun because it’s completely unearned and the air is filled with guilt, anxiety, self-hatred, and dread. Sometimes the Rational Decision-Maker puts his foot down and refuses to let you waste time doing normal leisure things, and since the Instant Gratification Monkey sure as hell isn’t gonna let you work, you find yourself in a bizarre purgatory of weird activities where everyone loses.”
What was shocking to me was that, in my old journals from highschool, I lamented these states with similar lucidity. And while I put things off far less these days, it’s still useful to read such an insightful description.