12.08.2008

U=EV/ID

Apparently, some scientists have come up with a mathematical equation for procrastination and their theory is that procrastinators aren't perfectionists or lazy, they are impulsive.

The 'U' stands for utility, or the desire to complete a given task. It is equal to the product of E, the expectation of success, and V the value of completion, divided by the product of I, the immediacy of the task, and D, the personal sensitivity to delay.

Prof Steel says procrastination is becoming a bigger issue because many more jobs are "self-structured", with people setting their own schedules.

This means that people tend to postpone things with delayed rewards in favour of activities that offer immediate rewards.

"Procastinators tend to live fro today rather than tomorrow. for short term gain for long term pain" he writes.

First off, I'm going to assume either the author of this article, the Professor quoted, or the copyeditor of this article is a procrastinator considering the horrific typos in the final sentence.

Aside from the snark, I'm a procrastinator when it comes to specific things. But others, I couldn't procrastinate if I wanted to.

For example, laundry must be hung up, folded, matched, and put away immediately after coming out of the dryer. Dusting---can't be bothered with it until it gets desperate. And I'm nearing desperate. Filing at work? On top of it. Filing at home? Spilling out of the organizer onto the filing cabinet and sometimes dropping to the floor.

And it only took me 24 hours to get this gem up....

3 comments:

sagefool said...

meh. I'll comment tomorrow.

sagefool said...

...right after your next post, apparently.

Gamera said...

:-P