Do you like to read? Do you procrastinate? Do you procrastinate by reading on the internet, perhaps? Well step right up for a therapeutic moment: you will feel enlightened — dare we say validated – after reading these two posts.
First, Fredrik DeBoer has a blog post you should read. It’s called “In Order to Read, Start Reading,” and before you roll your eyes, the author immediately explains that the “ post title might sound snotty, but I assure you that I mean it in just the opposite sense.” It’s another take on the perennial concern of book people – how the internet (love it! hate it!) makes concentrated reading harder. It’s a smart and honest piece, and offers some therapeutic advice about “pleasure reading” vs. “project reading.” DeBoer addresses the guilt that often surrounds our reading choices:
“You’re doing it wrong” is the internet’s truest, most genuine expression of itself. For whatever reason, the endless exposure to other people’s minds has made the vague feeling that someone, somewhere, is judging you….”
Best yet, he offers a workable plan for regaining some of reading’s lost pleasures.
Let us share the opening:
pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-|
the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination.
Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution.
Avoid procrastination. So elegant in its simplicity.
While we’re here, let’s make sure obese people avoid overeating, depressed people avoid apathy, and someone please tell beached whales that they should avoid being out of the ocean.
No, “avoid procrastination” is only good advice for fake procrastinators—those people that are like, “I totally go on Facebook a few times every day at work—I’m such a procrastinator!” The same people that will say to a real procrastinator something like, “Just don’t procrastinate and you’ll be fine.”
The thing that neither the dictionary nor fake procrastinators understand is that for a real procrastinator, procrastination isn’t optional—it’s something they don’t know how to not do.”
The rest of the article includes great cartoons, so you simply must continue.