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Curious motivation

Posted in theories by rumin8r on August 25, 2009

Ever wonder why it seems that you can always find yourself energized to do new things and go in new directions when you are procrastinating? I have a theory about this.

When you are procrastinating you are only fooling your highest level functioning. Your body, on the other hand, is still fully prepared to (hopefully) dive into the urgent task just as soon as you can decide to begin. What I find is that I can (and do) hijack this readiness and direct efforts toward some ancillary interest or task with a fervor that is fully intended for that which needs to be done.

Things to watch out for:

  • Spend-up – you blow through your available energy on the wrong task
  • Spend-down – you change focus too fully and lose needed readiness, without getting much out of the distraction
  • Spinning the wheels – you manage to focus but the keen distraction does not go away (e.g. re-reading paragraph or pages)
  • Blogging – so easy to set up and such satisfying distraction
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