Procrastination Is a Virtue
Perhaps being a procrastination addict isn’t such a bad thing. There may be surprising benefits to putting things off, says Columbia Business School professor Eric Abrahamson.
The pervasive sense that procrastination is bad, is what Columbia Business School professor Eric Abrahamson calls "a cultural value," and an outgrowth of the worker efficiency movement spawned by Frederick Winslow Taylor. In 1911, Taylor published The Principles of Scientific Management. "Taylor thinks of a worker as an idiot," scoffs Abrahamson. "He thinks of a manger as smart and able to get the employee to save time." Abrahamson also told me about a top flight computer programmer he knows, who spends most of her time playing solitaire. "You could say she’s procrastinating," says Abrahamson. "On the other hand, you could say she’s recharging."
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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