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Procrastinator’s Calendar!

Filed under: — Greg @ 1:05 pm

procrastinators_calendarAnn Barb sent me this lovely and vastly over-flattering note.  So in exchange I am touting their project on our fanciful, unlikely-to-help-their-link-rank-in-any-way web site.

Hey guys!

Thought you guys might get a kick out of this: The Procrastinator’s Calendar.

It’s a calendar that doesn’t start until March, and features extra space at the end of the week and end of the month (when everything actually gets done), along with procrastinator-specific holidays and procrastination-inducing artwork.

It’s funding on Kickstarter right now. It’s already past its goal, which is completely against the entire idea of the calendar, but oh well! Haha.

Check it out here:


P.S. Thanks for having an awesome site. You guys rule.

You’re welcome, Ann.  I assure you, that you are the one who rules.


The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre People

Filed under: — Greg @ 2:58 pm
Mediocre Target

Rumpus original art by Liam Golden.

At, James Altucher writes:

I’m pretty mediocre. I’m ashamed to admit it. I’m not even being sarcastic or self-deprecating. I’ve never done anything that stands out. No “Whoa! This guy made it into outer space!” or, “This guy has a best selling novel!” or, “If only Google had thought of this!” I’ve had some successes and some failures but never reached any of the goals I had initially set. Always slipped off along the way, off the yellow brick road, into the wilderness.

I’ve started a bunch of companies. Sold some. Failed at most. I’ve invested in a bunch of startups. Sold some. Failed at some, and the jury is still sequestered on a few others. I’ve written some books, most of which I no longer like. I can tell you overall, though, everything I have done has been distinguished by its mediocrity, its lack of a grand vision, and any success I’ve had can be put just as much in the luck basket as the effort basket.

That said, all people should be so lucky. We can’t all be grand visionaries. We can’t all be Picassos. We want to make our business, make our art, sell it, make some money, raise a family, and try to be happy. My feeling, based on my own experience, is that aiming for grandiosity is the fastest route to failure.

Stop whatever it is you’re doing, and go read his excellent essay immediately.  Especially, note Habit #1 🙂


Why we keep choosing to procrastinate

Filed under: — Greg @ 6:31 pm
Netflix: Anything you Desire

(Image: Uninspired Netflix envelope, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from jovino's photostream)

Every. Single. Time. You know you should be better about getting to work, or quit your facebook games, or spend less time streaming netflix.

But every single time you are faced with the option, it seems like there’s always a great reason to procrastinate this time. It even feels like you’re building up some kind of quota, after which you will say, “Fine, I’ve wasted enough time this year, and hence forth I will only do important things!”. Does that day ever actually come? If so, how long before you start feeling like you deserve to ‘Next’ your way into that third or fourth netflix stream in a row again?

For years I have been interested in brains and how they are wired up for thinking (often quite inefficiently and rather shoddily). That’s why I found this article so interesting:

Why Our Monkey Brains Are Prone to Procrastination (No, It’s Not Just Laziness or Lack Of Willpower)

Doesn’t it seem like a good idea to take a few minutes and give that a read just now? After all, maybe you’ll learn something about yourself and procrastinate less next time. Next time, for sure. But this time, go read the article.


How to Procrastinate

Filed under: — Greg @ 6:02 pm

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New to the Island of procrastination? This great “HowTo of the day” article on How To Procrastinate will get you started down the path of doing things other than what you should be doing.



Control what you like

Filed under: — Greg @ 12:03 pm

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There are a lot of interesting ideas in this post at lesswrong about how to make good things seem more enjoyable for longer, and how to make tedious or demoralizing things seem like less of an insurmountable chore. Great tools for any procrastinator!


Talking about projects

Filed under: — Greg @ 1:53 pm

I was unaware of this, but it seems that announcing your plans makes you less likely to accomplish them.

As I see it, you could use this knowledge either as a tool to foster procrastination, or a means to keep yourself driven to get things done.

In retrospect, my own behavior with respect to projects totally bears out these findings.


Get on with it

Filed under: — Greg @ 12:28 pm

Having trouble getting things done? Is your procrastination controlling you instead of allowing you a fun respite from your obligations? Here are some ideas that may help.


zefrank tackles procrastination.

Filed under: — Llama @ 12:57 am

vlogger zefrank made a special show the other day on a topic near and dear to our hearts at If you haven’t checked him out before he has a strange mix of comedy, newsiness, and every so-often, SONG! He recently got a real job so he’ll be going offline soon, so make sure to check him out if you haven’t.

zefrank on procrastination


The ‘P’ function

Filed under: — Greg @ 4:40 am

Researchers have formulated a motivation formula called Temporal Motivational Theory.  But I hereby rename it The P function, because it determines how likely we are to procrastinate.


Pimp my Dolphin

Filed under: — Greg @ 7:52 am

A dolphin with extra fins has been discovered (by which I mean captured). Scientists assume this mutation is an evolutionary throwback to before cetaceans lost their back legs.

To me it seems clear that this is just a new body mod fad for bottlenose adolescents.


A winning throw

Filed under: — Greg @ 8:30 pm

Never lose a throw for shotgun again.  These handy strategies for outmaneuvering your opponent can give you the edge to master the most epic and time-honored battle of wills ever invented: rock paper scissors.


Jumping Eggs

Filed under: — Greg @ 5:28 pm

Hats off to these guys for mastery of procrastination. It took two years of development, but they proved that spinning a hard-boiled egg can make it jump. Who funded that research, I have to wonder?


Obeying the Law Is Dangerous

Filed under: — ardvaark @ 4:26 pm

It’s true! Haven’t you ever been behind some old granny on the expressway, anxious and angry to somehow pass them because they had the audacity to be driving the speed limit? Have you ever violently jerked into the next lane to get around them? Did you feel bad for hitting that small animal, whatever it was?

Okay, so maybe that’s just me.

Regardless, when you get some too-clever people who want to make that very point, you end up with a Meditation on the Speed Limit.

Simply awesome.


Too much procrastination?

Filed under: — Greg @ 2:05 pm

Here at, we normally assume a fun, casual definition of procrastination. Putting off boring tasks can be fulfilling because it allows us to feel in charge of our time. To some people though, it might not be so much fun.


At last: Robot penguins

Filed under: — Greg @ 3:02 pm

We’ve been waiting patiently, and now Raytheon engineers have finally created the first robotic penguin lunar space probe. For security reasons, it does not actually resemble a penguin.


The Death Pool

Filed under: — ardvaark @ 10:24 am

I’m sorry, but this is just too good to pass up.

A small pond in Hamburg, Germany that is normally home to a bunch of toads and crows has suddenly unleashed a disgusting fury. It seems that nearly 1,000 of the amphibious residents have puffed up like a balloon and exploded.

What more is there to say?


Survey says– Spam = >-P

Filed under: — Greg @ 3:17 am

Apparently, there’s this group out there that has been calling up random internet users and conducting a survey to ask how they feel about spam email.

No comment on whether the group will next be sending out a mass email asking people about their views on telemarketing…


Flash! Procrastination kills productivity

Filed under: — Greg @ 2:19 pm

This startling discovery brought to you courtesy of a survey by Microsoft, as reported here. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to stop procrastinating.. right after I catch up on slashdot. And penny arcade. And tv.


Global Warming Tipping Point

Filed under: — Matthew @ 12:00 am

According to researchers, the effects of global warming could reach an unstoppable turning point. However, if they are wrong, a lot of rich people could lose a lot of money for no reason. Besides, the worst that could happen if they are right is that the entire ecosystem on Earth could be irreparably damaged. Oh, right, we’re still trying to convice the current administration that global warming EXISTS! So much for signing the Kyoto accord.


Misery to peak on Monday January 24th, RUN AND HIDE!

Filed under: — Matthew @ 10:10 pm

According to researchers, people will be the most miserable they can be all year on this coming Monday, January 24th. This isn’t an Onion article people, this is science. There’s a formula and everything: “/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA. Where W is weather, D is debt – minus the money (d) due on January’s pay day – and T is the time since Christmas.”

And we all know, if there’s math, it must be true, especially if the formula is more than one line and contains variables. It’s so “confusing” you should just nod your head, and hide under the covers.


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