Why Do We Procrastinate?

Don't take your time answering

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Why put off until tomorrow what you can postpone until next week? It’s the motto of many a procrastinator and something that most of us have said at one point or another.

Is procrastination such a bad thing? Don’t some of us actually work better under pressure?

And we're asking you: Do you procrastinate? And what do you do to overcome it? Weigh in and read the stories and tips.

Chrisoula Andreou and Mark White don’t think so. They’re the co-editors of a new book called “The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination.” 

They explain why we procrastinate, and whether it’s actually good for anything.

 

Guests:

Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Nance Cunningham from Oklahoma City

Notice how different the NY Times beginning line would sound if the word "accused" were replaced by "testified." This was congressional testimony, not a line from a gossip newspaper.
"Nearly 20 years after Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Justice Thomas’s wife has called Ms. Hill, seeking an apology."
By using the word "accused," the media is falling into a trap set my Mrs. Thomas.

Oct. 20 2010 10:09 AM
david from SEATTLE

PROCRASTINATION:
wE ALL DO IT- THEUSUAL AVOIDANCE/ACCEPTANCE RESPONSE TO STUFF THAT WE FEAR- STACKS OF UNSEALED OLD BILLS, UNOPENED EMAILS, HIDING OUT- THE BEST LINE ABOUT pROCRASTINATION FROM THE MOVIE- pOSTCARDS FROM THE eDGE WHERE mERYL sTREEP PLAYED JODY FISHER= THE LINE -- "PROCRASTINATE NOW!" i LOVE IT

Oct. 20 2010 09:35 AM

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