Procrastination. Evil twin-sister of Carpe Diem.

September 1, 2016

You know what thought did? It ran after a dust-cart, thought it was a milk-float” – anon

Neil Armstrong stood on his parents porch, looked up at the moon one cloudless evening in late autumn, the leaves having long begun their silent descent, and decided he was going to go and walk on it. He went. Martin Luther King tired of racial segregation and instilled in himself the belief that he could set in motion the end of racial injustice. He did. Seventh born of eleven children, Jesse Owens took it upon himself to be the greatest short distance athlete of a generation. He won 4 gold medals in Berlin in 1936, right under the racist noses of the Third Reich and re-wrote the history books. Rosa Parks sat down like no person has ever, and will ever do. Isambard Kingdom Brunel thought that building a steam ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean was well within his means, set about doing it and then built The Clifton Suspension Bridge as an after-thought. Timmy Mallet thought he should go on television and hit children over the head with a pink foam hammer. Sadly for a generation, procrastination was not one of his stronger traits.

Encyclopedia’s have been artfully crafted highlighting the deeds, words, inventions, ideas and actions of people for whom procrastination was a 4-letter word that should forever rot in the deepest darkest regions of Middlesbrough. Sadly for the other 99% of the free-speaking world, it is an ugly, unshakable hobbit, forever loitering over the shoulder, eager to ambush any ideas that spontaneously materialise and replace them with visions of grandeur. Anything, everything, something that should be done instead. We are taking the blame for all of the great ideas and inventions that have wilted and died at the hands of procrastination. We are taking the blame for your procrastination so you can release the shackles and go and do what it is you intended to do before mañana.









Time is ticking people. Tick tick tick. Procrastination cares little for that.









Psychologists on Wikipedia (Schraw, Pinard, Wadkins, and Olafson – to give them an identity) have proposed three criteria for a behavior to be classified as procrastination: it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying. So who hasn’t experienced that? If you have, if you are, or if you ever do, think about the people mentioned above. Think about them and their equals, for they are many, and take a leaf out of an old Nike advertising slogan. Just do it.

Online solitaire is great, that is not in doubt, but it won’t win you any nobel prizes and it sure won’t help you get that essay finished. Checking your emails for the umpteenth time this minute will not solve your debt crisis or get you laid. Another cup or tea will hydrate you but it won’t rise up out of the cup and write your CV or clean the house or book your holiday or call an old friend or finish that painting you promised yourself to finish. It won’t magically fix your car or explore the world, take you to the theatre, experience something new or learn you a language. Only you can do that and procrastination is the only thing standing in your way. And if you can’t shake it, we take the blame for it. Because nobody else will.

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18 Responses to Procrastination. Evil twin-sister of Carpe Diem.

  1. The Laughing Man on February 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Procrastination is the thief of time!

  2. thechef on February 19, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Edward Young, 1683~1765 Laughing man???????

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  4. Helicopter Pilot on February 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Procrastination, theres definatly something you can take for it…

  5. thechef on February 19, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    yes there is helicopter pilot. What is it?

  6. Helicopter Pilot on February 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm


  7. Helicopter Pilot on February 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Where time becomes a loop

  8. thechef on February 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    So your idea to banish procrastination is to take a psychotrophic drug which alters the flow of time, creating a loop, thus buying you unlimited time to procrastinate to your hearts content?

  9. Helicopter Pilot on February 21, 2011 at 12:32 am

    works. procrastinaton would no longer be an issue

  10. Lauren K on March 2, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Procrastination has gotten me into the most rotten places in my life! It causes stagnation, boredom, idleness and if you’re not careful, depression…it is truly evil! Thanks for taking the blame!

  11. Take The Blame on March 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Lauren K – It is our pleasure to have taken the blame for you. You are right, procrastination is the bringer of boredom, idleness and stagnation and without it, so many more things would get done. Now it is banished to the blame archives, you will never get into a rotten place again.

  12. Keyuri Joshi (on the ball parent coach) on March 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    What an engaging post! The nights when I sleep the soundest come after the days that I have been most productive. Procrastination is indeed a four letter word! … Now if only I can convince my teenager of that!

  13. Julie Weishaar on March 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Procrastination is certainly something we all do at times. As long as it is the exception and not the norm in our lives, we are doing OK. However, taking a break by having a cup of tea once in a while or checking your emails does not necessarily mean you are procrastinating and will be a failure! In the immortal words of McDonald’s “You deserve a break today” :)

  14. Take The Blame on March 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    On the ball, you are so right, facing upto and defeating procrastination not only gets things done but rewards you with the greatest sleep. Glad we could be of help, we hope your convincing skills are sharpened.

  15. Take The Blame on March 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Yeah, Macdonalds were similar to kit kat who said, have a break. Have a kit kat.

  16. Susan Oakes on March 6, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I find procrastination with work is sometimes because you are not clear on what you want to achieve or the process to achieve it. As Julie saud taking a break does help at times.

  17. Rob Berman on March 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    We all procrastinate. Some is OK, a lot is not OK. We should examine our reasons like Susan and Julie point out.


  18. Michael Pedzotti on March 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm


    I have noticed that procrastination creeps in when vision becomes clouded. A clear vision of intended outcomes – that is, the purpose for which we set out to accomplish a task – helps maintain motivation and momentum. Procrastination often finds no place to hide when vision and purpose combine to light the path ahead.


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