The joy of procrastination

I’ve basically gotten out of the habit of spending ten minutes on “Paper or plastic?” But I’m still pretty good at agonizing over things, so this makes perfect sense:

While driving home, sweaty from the rush of running out and running around the garden center picking things, I began to ask myself why I hadn’t just done all this last weekend. I was mulling it over when, bingo!, I had a realization. By waiting to do what needed to be done until the last minute, I had avoided agonizing and second, third even tenth and twentieth guessing myself (yes, I do that if I have time). Instead, I did it quickly and made choices and everything is fine. Perhaps even better, actually, since editorializing doesn’t always result in better choices.

Still unanswered: why I didn’t think of this before.


  1. fillyjonk »

    7 June 2009 · 9:35 pm

    Didn’t Malcolm Gladwell or somebody make a lot of money off of a book describing the same basic principle?

    And yeah, I also find the pulling-the-band-aid-off-quickly method of making decisions preferable.

  2. CGHill »

    7 June 2009 · 9:58 pm

    Probably Gladwell’s Blink, which argued that sometimes you can have so much information that it interferes with your ability to make a decision.

  3. McGehee »

    7 June 2009 · 11:05 pm

    I don’t have jau’s excuse — I don’t agonize over decisions if I don’t put off making them. Therefore my procrastination is not a strategy but simply a character flaw.

    Not least because, since I don’t agonize over decisionmaking, I know that leaving decisions to the last minute won’t hurt me. So I’m not merely procrastinating, I’m showing off.

  4. Francis W. Porretto »

    8 June 2009 · 3:54 am

    “Still unanswered: why I didn’t think of this before.”

    You’re joshing, aren’t you?

  5. Jeffro »

    8 June 2009 · 6:37 pm

    I’ll post a relevant comment later. Really. I promise.

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