It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.

You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything.

But in real life, you can’t avoid doing things. We have to earn a living, do our taxes, have difficult conversations sometimes. Human life requires confronting uncertainty and risk, so pressure mounts. Procrastination gives a person a temporary hit of relief from this pressure of “having to do” things, which is a self-rewarding behavior. So it continues and becomes the normal way to respond to these pressures.

Particularly prone to serious procrastination problems are children who grew up with unusually high expectations placed on them. Their older siblings may have been high achievers, leaving big shoes to fill, or their parents may have had neurotic and inhuman expectations of their own, or else they exhibited exceptional talents early on, and thereafter “average” performances were met with concern and suspicion from parents and teachers.

David Cain, “Procrastination Is Not Laziness” (via sociolab)

Nailed it!

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Complete and total sense!

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‘or else they exhibited exceptional talents early on, and thereafter “average” performances were met with concern and suspicion from parents and teachers.’

Holy shit this.

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Huh. Well then.

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It’s good to be knitting again. It’s been awhile.

It’s good to be knitting again. It’s been awhile.

Grieving for Google Reader

So Google is shutting down it’s Reader product in a few months, and I will be bereft of my main method of keeping up with all the information I love to wallow around in.

I switched to Reader after Bloglines started to fall apart, but before Reader had killed off the other competitors by being a) free and b) just better enough to make people switch.

How else am I going to keep up with all the web developer blogs that only update when they complete a project or solve a problem; the how-to blogs for photography, knitting, and lifehacks; the eco blogs which only update when the author has time in-between saving whales; and a hundred or so little funny blogs that amuse me?

Luckily, I’m not alone and there are tons of developers who want to be the next Google Reader (even if that’s because they rely on it themselves and can’t live without it). So I’ve only got to wait until they sort this out.

Other people with more in-depth opinions: Mathowie and Khoi Vinh.

chartier:

NBC News captures St. Peter’s Square, then and now.

chartier:

NBC News captures St. Peter’s Square, then and now.

elizaevans:

paris2london:

iezebel:

Spirit animal

I believe we are the same person. 


Colleen’s patronus.

Reminds me of Terry Pratchett’s Monks of Cool: tested by being asked which outfit is the coolest, the correct answer is “whichever I select”.

elizaevans:

paris2london:

iezebel:

Spirit animal

I believe we are the same person. 

Colleen’s patronus.

Reminds me of Terry Pratchett’s Monks of Cool: tested by being asked which outfit is the coolest, the correct answer is “whichever I select”.

emmyc:

gingerhaze:

rookiemag:

fat-grrrl-activism:

“In 1921, early suffragettes often donned a bathing suit and ate pizza in large groups to annoy men…it was a custom at the time”
(via Cult of Aphrodite Vintaga)

PIZZA AND BATHING SUITS
-naomi

who wants to have a pizza/bathing suit party?

omg

emmyc:

gingerhaze:

rookiemag:

fat-grrrl-activism:

“In 1921, early suffragettes often donned a bathing suit and ate pizza in large groups to annoy men…it was a custom at the time”

(via Cult of Aphrodite Vintaga)

PIZZA AND BATHING SUITS

-naomi

who wants to have a pizza/bathing suit party?

omg

(via elizaevans)

The Jump, Merlynemoon.

littlebigdetails:

Yahoo - Trying to sign up using a future date won’t work
/via Indy

littlebigdetails:

Yahoo - Trying to sign up using a future date won’t work

/via Indy

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