Why I Procrastinate

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 04:45 PM

Procrastination, thy name is journalism.

In my case, procrastination is a series of behavior patterns that end up delaying important things getting done. It’s been proven again and again that for me, deadline pressure is the fuel that gets the engine to crank. Closer to the deadline, more fuel apparently. The orderly to-do list that looks completely efficient and rational on Monday morning, by Friday, is just some bizarre Magritte painting of an alternate reality. Schedules are better managed moment to moment in the real world. Things get pushed off because reality intervenes. Flexibility-nation not Procrasta-nation. I know which flag I wave.

Okay, I still have nightmares about disappointing my high school Latin teacher Mr. Norman by always handing my homework in late. And to that nice old lady I promised to do gardening for back in Syracuse, NY: “I’m so very, very, very, sorry I never got around to your shrubbery.”  Yes I’m guilty of flagrant acts of procrastination, but I think this whole thing is mostly about a gnawing feeling — not a real state of inaction.

Most of the time procrastination is really just the pang of yearning for some orderly world where projects flow toward completion, novels get written at the 2,000 word per day rate, and weeds get plucked from gardens well ahead of the biosphere’s relentless capacity to replace them.

A guest on our show this morning said humans naturally want to front-load their rewards. Isn’t the whole banking industry based on this? I want my money NOW. I want my new house NOW. SO we take out loans or are lured into debt to make it seem like the front-loaded rewards are the natural state of things. Those monthly payments are just part of the illusion that this is all very orderly. Ever heard of bankruptcy? Ever heard of foreclosure?

Humans procrastinate because … they’re human.

So all you SPACE ALIENS out there smugly getting things done and keeping perfectly on schedule. We’re on to you!


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Comments [2]

I.M.Knotfooled from Bklyn NYC

John Hockenberry did not let any time go by attacking George Bush with the sickest foul comments.

He has time to support the firing of the only Black Man on Public Radio, Juan Williams.

However, he never has time to say anything negative about Barack Hussein Obama. He prays at the feet of his Great Leader, The Sunshine of his life, The perfect Obama.

I hear he has a little baby Obama on a chain around his neck!

John Hockenberry, The Propaganda artist who thinks his show is an arm of the Democratic National Committee.

When will WNYC find the time to dump this excuse for on air talent (No Talent)?

The only take away is that Socialists/cult of personality believers are still alive at WNYC.

Oct. 26 2010 10:27 PM
I.M.Knotfooled from Brooklyn NYC


John Hockenberry says he Loves Lisa...........................

But hates Sarah Palin because she refused to have an abortion.............

Sarah is hated because she does not follow John Hockenberry's rants on how the world should be run. She did the most awful thing a woman can do, she did not follow his leftist path and gave birth to Trig.............

A strong woman that loves her family and does not need to be dependent on the Government is a threat to Hockenberry.............She must be hated and destroyed

John Hockenberry makes believe he loves Lisa, but wants other babies not be a burden on society or born.

He says he loves America, but really thinks the Constitution is just a piece of paper to be used to take power.

He wants us all to be slaves to the government and praise the Great Leader, Barack Hussein Obama.

John Hockenberry - A petty tyrant

Like his Heros (Castro, Mao & Lenin); this great Socialist/Leftist thinks he knows better and can do our thinking.

The Takeaway is Hockenberry's effort to become dictator in his mind and feed us what to think.

Hockenberry, we don'y buy your Crap.............

We see what you did to a strong Black Man....You sent Juan Williams packing..............

NPR & Hockenberry..............Propaganda Radio..
......Think what we want you to Think ...............or we will destroy you!

Oct. 26 2010 10:16 PM

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