Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I'm not actually quite as much of a procrastinator as other people think. When I decide do to something, often I go into a "planning phase" for that action, even if it's something that other people would just do immediately, even impulsively. To other people, it looks like I'm procrastinating. To me, that's just part of the act of doing something, so I don't feel like I'm procrastinating. Once I have all of the little details figured out, I'll execute on my glorious plan. That's the engineer in me.

One example I can think of is that when it was time (or past time) to start seeing a doctor about the headaches I've been having, I had decided it was time to see a doctor, and was in the process of selecting one and deciding when I was going to go. I wasn't going to go or call immediately, because I was busy at work. But, when other people ask if I've seen a doctor about it yet, I have to answer no, and the result of that is well-meaning nagging. It's not that I'm putting it off; it's that I'm purposely putting it off while I figure out the details. A normal people would figure out the details all at once and call a doctor the same day. That's not nearly enough time for me to obsess about meaningless details, though. Give me a couple weeks.

So, maybe that's still sorta procrastinating. But I don't think it should count.

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