Do You Put the PRO in Procrastination?

Procrastination is closely related to impatience. Their kinship is based on our bias toward the present over the future. Both are examples of the human tendency to overdiscount future events. In both impatience and procrastination, we overweight the immediate. The main difference between the two is whether the immediate thing we are overweighting is a benefit or a cost. When what is immediate is a benefit, we are impatient gluttons, overindulging and consuming more than we should. But when what is immediate is a cost, we are procrastinators, putting off activities we should get done today.

From Fast Company: The Procrastination-Killing Tactic to Try Now (Or in 10 Minutes)

Frank Partnoy describes himself as an inveterate procrastinator–and the banker/lawyer/author is not convinced that’s a bad thing. His book Wait: The Art and Science of Delay is an investigation into his own habits of prolonged decision-making and the shortsightedness that pervaded crisis-era finance. Fast Company talked with Partnoy about when to make decisions, how to manage time, and why better-paid people are less happy.

From Fast Company: Lessons in Productive Procrastination

Haste makes waste: Consider the new Apple Maps app. The drift toward speed at all costs is becoming one of the most prevalent blind spots in leadership today–here’s how to force yourself to put on the brakes.

From Fast Company: The Need for Speed Is Killing Your Company

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