Defying priorities.... flipping them... resisting them
Does anyone else do this?
I sometimes get requests to do translation work. And I might have two or three jobs in my "que." It makes sense that I would do the one due first, first, but as a way to procrastinate doing the most important (or most urgent) one, I do the one that isn't due until much later. I don't think it's just because the second one is easier or more interesting. Somehow I am resisting or defying what is the logical order to do the work in.
When I was studying Japanese in the first place, I did something similar. Instead of studying the textbooks for my class, I would study everything *else.* I was really interested in Japanese (and eventually got good at it) but it seemed like the surest way to make sure I didn't study something was to assign it to me in class. If you didn't assign it to me, I would probably have been interested in it.
Does this make sense? (of course not.) But does anyone else have a similar experience?
P.S. Looks like the same thing is described on this website about procrastination -- look in section 1(a).
Found it here too, called "structured procrastination" by John Perry.
This is the subject of the June 14, 2008 iprocrastinate podcast.