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What part of knowledge workers procrastinates on average? It’s a simple question. But until now, no one provided an answer.
Research has only focused on the procrastination behavior of college students. It doesn’t require much research to answer that question. Students are notorious for procrastinating.
And yet, most scientific studies didn’t do a good job in capturing how many students actually procrastinate. One study estimated that “25 to 75 percent of college students procrastinate on academic work.”
That’s a useless statement. Is it 25% or 75%? That’s a huge difference. Also, scientists often surveyed only a hundred people or less. While research into the consequences of procrastination has been solid, there are no strong results that show how many people actually procrastinate.
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Procrastination has been around since the start of modern civilization.
Historical figures like Herodotus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and hundreds of others have talked about how procrastination is the enemy of results.
One of my favorite quotes about procrastination is from Abraham Lincoln:
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
The funny thing about procrastination is that we all know that it’s harmful. Who actually likes to run away from responsibilities? No one takes pride in doing that. Me neither. And yet, procrastination was the story of my life.
4 min readImproving productivity has been a pursuit of the modern human being from the start of civilization.
Somehow, we believe that productivity is something that became important after the industrial revolution. We assume that, because we live busy lives, we need to optimize our time—especially in the 21st century.
That’s not true. Productivity has been a topic of discussion ever since ancient eastern and western philosophy started. It’s a universal theme. I believe it’s in our nature to make better use of our time.
Because that’s what productivity means. On a deeper level, we all realize we have limited time. You and I both know that we’re not getting younger.
Time is ticking. It stops for no one. We need to use it. Etcetera, etcetera—we get the idea. And yet, without a clear productivity strategy, we squander our time like we have a limitless supply.