Procrastination = 90/10?
I think procrastination or avoiding behavior as some
call it is actually an emergent property of another
In other words, it’s not like you are trying to
avoid something or procrastinate intentionally.
Some people would call it procrastination, or
avoidance, and it could be.
However in my view, it’s none of those but a
person being drawn away from the rote routine or
detail; having to do types of things that are less
interesting and much less motivating.
Yet, while avoiding some things serves your other
motivations; perhaps low order, low honor, low
tranquility, low acceptance, high independence, high
curiosity, other things could be entering into the
That avoiding behavior, as a matter of fact, may
happen to be the ways in which you function for
specific reasons: you could be pressure prompted,
causal, emergent; AND, routine, detail, and other
issues could be present that actually serve you best
when you avoid things like structure, routine, or
This is the reason I suggest to people that the
90-10 rule would work for most people who think they
are procrastinators/avoiders, often because other
people have who are different have labeled these
behaviors negatively. In order to get the 90% of
your freedom to avoid, you might give the 10%. This
often can capitalize on someone’s utility
motivation, or even reverse idealism, etc.
Here's the key.
Each day has 1440 minutes.
Your deal with yourself is to use 144 of those
minutes in specific focused activity and tasks
surrounding what really matters, then receive the
remaining 90% to use as you wish, PLUS a bonus of an
extra 288 minutes for the two days it’s not required
For me (because I’m utilitarian), this is a great
tradeoff. YET, I still have trouble doing things
that are boring and frustrating for me. So, even at
90-10, it’s not necessarily easy to do. But give it
a try. Watch your productivity sky rocket!
If you can't make 90-10, start at 95-5 and spread
the 15 minutes out 4 times a day, your productivity
will still go up dramatically.
Most people need a coach or someone trained in
“importance” inquiry to help them move through these
kinds of structures.
A great way to begin is to get your own Motivational
Here’s to the 10% that makes a difference!