We can define all kinds of things as procrastination: Surfing the web, walking the dog, doing the dishes. How about work?
Seldom do we see work as procrastination. But isn’t work often a form of procrastination, preventing us from doing what we actually should be doing?
A few things come to mind, in escalating order:
- Getting to inbox zero instead of working on project X.
- Working on project X instead of working on the much more important project Y.
- Working on project Y instead of solving a long-standing conflict with a co-worker.
- Solving that conflict instead of taking over the groundbreaking project Z in the other department.
- Taking over project Z instead of quitting your job and living the life you secretly wished for during the last 20 years.
(See also: Procrastinate on Tasks, Not on Your Life. The post image shows my friend Lourenço, who gets this stuff just right.)