On procrastination

On procrastination: Dave Eggers in a Salon interview:

You only want to
work on the stuff you’re not supposed to be working on. That’s how it
always is. I’ll always be working on five things at once, usually with
those documents open at the same time because if I get stuck somewhere
I’ll jump over to something else. That’s how my head has always worked.
I don’t know if it’s ’cause I watched too much TV as a kid or what. It
really could be that.”

(via: Virginia Postrel)

4 thoughts on “On procrastination

  1. That reminds me of these incredible arguments I used to have with my parents when I was in high school. For some reason, my mom or dad was convinced that I was not studying effectively because I had the radio on. We would have these enormous screaming matches about it. I have no idea why. I was making straight A’s. What was the point of that??? Of course, I am now constantly telling my own child that she cannot possibly be concentrating on tying her shoes if she has her music on, or if she has her dolls sitting out on the bed, or whatever.

  2. You chide your child for this, while you typically carry on 5 IM conversations, read RSS feeds, write copy and make entries in your Palm while checking voice mail and commenting on the Rexblog and your family web site? Kids need good role models, Laura.

    My favorite dodge was to clean my room – at home, at college, now at home again. If you ever see me cleaning my office, you will know I am WAY behind.

  3. Oh I OFTEN catch myself breaking my own rule. In fact if I would send myself to the doctor for it, I’m absolutely positive I’d be diagnosed as ADD. What would be the point?

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