This seems relevant.

I won’t even bother with the observation that I’ve been meaning to post this for several days.

From the New Yorker: LATER: What Does Procrastination Tell Us About Ourselves?

Academics, who work for long periods in a self-directed fashion, may be especially prone to putting things off: surveys suggest that the vast majority of college students procrastinate, and articles in the literature of procrastination often allude to the author’s own problems with finishing the piece. (This article will be no exception.) But the academic buzz around the subject isn’t just a case of eggheads rationalizing their slothfulness. As various scholars argue in “The Thief of Time,” edited by Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White (Oxford; $65)—a collection of essays on procrastination, ranging from the resolutely theoretical to the surprisingly practical—the tendency raises fundamental philosophical and psychological issues. You may have thought, the last time you blew off work on a presentation to watch “How I Met Your Mother,” that you were just slacking. But from another angle you were actually engaging in a practice that illuminates the fluidity of human identity and the complicated relationship human beings have to time. Indeed, one essay, by the economist George Ainslie, a central figure in the study of procrastination, argues that dragging our heels is “as fundamental as the shape of time and could well be called the basic impulse.”


Read more http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2010/10/11/101011crbo_books_surowiecki#ixzz11oYRDG1R

5 thoughts on “This seems relevant.

  1. But from another angle you were actually engaging in a practice that illuminates the fluidity of human identity and the complicated relationship human beings have to time.

    I’m totally using that excuse the next time a judge wonders why I haven’t filed the motion I said I was going to file.

  2. Back in the mid-60s, in (I think) the Journal of Applied Psychology, there was an article entitled “Report of an Unsuccessful Technique for the Amelioration of Writer’s Block”. After the author’s name, the rest of the page was blank.

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