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Well worthy of the Nobel prize:
Now I can feel better about my procrastinations. After nearly 20 years of practical experience, I was starting to come to the same conclusions, although could not put them down on paper as eloquently, for reason of having other things to do, of course. And the practical advice is priceless! That thing I did last summer -- when I needed to write two papers and cancelled two trips to make time for it -- that was a disaster! Now I have a lot more things on my plate, much more than I can chew, and the papers are finally getting written!

"Procrastinators often follow exactly the wrong tack. They try to minimize their commitments, assuming that if they have only a few things to do, they will quit procrastinating and get them done. But this goes contrary to the basic nature of the procrastinator and destroys his most important source of motivation. The few tasks on his list will be by definition the most important, and the only way to avoid doing them will be to do nothing. This is a way to become a couch potato, not an effective human being."

A follow up essay on the link between perfectionism and procrastination.

In other worthy Nobel news: The Peace price goes to Lithuania for using tanks to punish illegal parking of luxury cars 


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