Procrastination. Are you prone to putting things off? Do you find yourself easily distracted? Anything to avoid really focusing on what you know you need to do? Worse still, do you then get really frustrated and down on yourself for being so stupid and wasting so much of your valuable time?
I came across this TED talk from Tim Urban recently entitled ‘Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator’. It’s a humorous look at what happens in our heads when we put things off. As Tim points out, that procrastination is something that we all do. It’s just that some of us are much worse/better (depending on your view) at it than others.
I really like the notion of the rational decision maker, the distraction monkey and the panic monster. Clear and fun characters we are all likely to be able to relate to. I imagine few people will be able to watch the talk without laughing and saying to themselves ‘I do that’.