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The Yes/No Book is filled with new and specific concepts in personal effectiveness and time management.� To make a valuable resource for readers, and to introduce non-readers to some of the core concepts of the book, I am preparing a dictionary.

It will be in 13 parts (Superstitious? I�m not) and will have around 50 entries.

Part 8: Procrastination

The temptation to procrastinate is driven by a focus on the immediate sense of effort or even nastiness of doing what you need to do, compared with the relative pleasure of doing something else. You do not consider the greater, but deferred, pleasure of fulfilling your �YES�.


 

Displacement activity (noun); an activity that displaces the other activity that would be a better use of your time.

Serendipitous displacement (abs noun); doing something instead of what you �should� be doing because, by good fortune, you realise there will not be a better time to tackle it.� See also �serendipity�.

Purposeless procrastination (noun); putting something off for no good reason, and with no incidental benefit. Deprecated

Purposive procrastination (noun); putting something off because there will be a better time to tackle it.

Purposeful procrastination (noun); putting something off so that you can do something else instead.

Don�t-know correspondence (noun); incoming messages (usually letters or emails) that do not have an obvious response at the point of first reading.

Gopher mound (metaphor); when you a focus on the immediate sense of effort or even nastiness of doing what you need to do, compared with the relative pleasure of doing something else. It is like standing behind a small mound of earth and not wanting to climb over it, without realising that when you do, you will have a magnificent view. It prevents you going for the thing that matters, because the immediate challenge intimidates you. See image below.

Gopher mound

 

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