Procrastination may be central to my writing process, but it can be deadly to my work. And while I tend to roll my eyes at pieces that offer pat fixes or explanations that are grounded in pop psychology, I was interested to read these Fast Company and WSJ articles about the links between procrastination and mood — in particular, the recognition that when you’re trying to stop procrastinating, it helps to tackle the negative emotions that underlie the impulse. Per the Journal:
The new approach is based on several studies in the past two years showing that negative emotions can derail attempts at self-control. It fills a gap among established time-management methods, which stress behavioral changes such as adopting a new organizing system or doing exercises to build willpower.
Or there’s the approach taken by a spammer who recently sent a bogus email on my mother’s behalf. As if the “Yo” in the subject line weren’t enough to raise my suspicions, the email also closed with a flip quote: “Procrastination means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Yuk, yuk, yuk.