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torsdag 17 november 2011

Procrastination explained

Lots about procrastination here lately - don't you (we) have better things to do? :-)

The best explanation of the concept and also the most entertaining explanation is this short and beautiful video:


2 kommentarer:

  1. nice video! actually, it seems to me that I do almost all these things trying to start my home assignmets on Social Media Technologies:)

    Unfortunately, this video doesn't touch upon the reasons of procrastination. I think that the main reason is that you don't have a good idea or a sort of inspiration or when you don't know exactly what to do. When you find it, you'll never procrastinate. For me it always works.
    The other important reason is too much time. You can procrastinate the whole day if you know that you still have enought time to do the work untill the deadline. Hard deadlines are really good way for me to avoid procrastination.))

    Does anybody have any other reasons of procrastination?

  2. Well, as I've said, we have a procrastination theme in a course that all students (year 1-3) take at the media technology program so I've read up some.

    First of all, it's only procrastination when you "defer action, especially without good reason". If you still have a lot of time remaingin before the deadline, it's arguably not procrastination. Procrastination is when you don't do [something] despite the fact that you know that you really should (at this point).

    Second, some prefer to wait for inspiration, but others would argue that you can only get inspiration after you have grappled with the materials, i.e. after you have sat down and read the instructions, read the readings and thought about the task (etc.). In a worst-case scenario, you can wait for inspiration forever...