Daily Productive Sharing 276 - What is structured procrastination?
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What is the nature of procrastination? John Perry, a professor of philosophy at Stanford, points out that procrastination is not about doing nothing; people often choose to do other things in order to avoid doing the most important things. John refers to this as structured procrastination. Specifically, structured procrastination is:
- setting an important and time-bound task.
- using this task above to push us to complete other less important tasks as soon as possible.
For example, it's not always easy for me to prepare DPS posts, but I usually choose to prepare them between breakfast and work. As I have to arrive at work regularly every day, so I need to finish preparing a DPS before I leave home. This cumulatively keeps the DPS updates every day.
Finally, I recommend the The Art of Procrastination by John Perry
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拖延的本质是什么？斯坦福哲学教授 John Perry 指出，拖延并不是无所事事，人们经常为了逃避做最重要的事，而选择做其他事。以他自己为例，他不太想写论文，于是吃完晚饭就去找本科生打乒乓球，这样一来，不仅锻炼了身体，认识了本科学生，也让人们认为他是愿意花时间在本科生身上的教授。John 将此称为结构性拖延（structured procrastination）。具体而言，结构性拖延：