The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato
Generally speaking, I’m not a procrastinator, and tend to live by the philosophy that it’s easier to keep up than to catch up. If anything, I am a precrastinator, doing things before they strictly need to be done. It’s not due to any particularly admirable trait, it’s more of a stress-aversion technique. If I don’t have to worry about disorder, deadlines and uncertainty, I have more peace of mind and am better able to sleep at night. At this stage of life, sleep is in short supply, so I do what I can to help out.
I do, however, occasionally procrastinate. In fact, this week has been a prime example.
Several weeks ago, I read about a concept developed by Greek philosophers called akrasia, which is the state of acting against your better judgment. It’s a fascinating idea that people know that they should do one thing but choose to do another. Akrasia has a couple of different translations, but one interpretation is… procrastination.
I find this to be a thought-provoking topic. And yet, I’ve been messing around all week, feeding myself some line about “considering the concept” as I came up with about a thousand different things to do instead of writing a blog…about procrastination. Oh, the irony.Continue reading