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Procrastination: The Evey-Day, Everywhere Demon

Imagine being an alcoholic who lives in a brewery.

Everywhere you look, beer is being made. Tours are going on right before your eyes where happy visitors enter the tasting room and have pints of ale and lager. Happiness created solely from alcohol surrounds you.

This is what is it like for a procrastinator in the 21st century.

Attention Is The New Currency

Herbert Simon put it best. He believed that we are entering in what is called an "attention economy," where attention is the most valuable commodity in our society.

This is because of how much information can be easily accessed, especially now with the internet.

"In an information-rich world," Simon said, "the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it"

In other words, now attention is more scarce than physical resources.

As a procrastinator, this puts you at a disadvantage. Procrastinators enjoy having their attention eaten up by anything, so long as it helps them avoid what they fear more than anything to start.

Why Is Procrastination Not Considered A Bigger Problem?

In this modern era, procrastination is what is keeping many people from success: socially, financially, and intellectually.

More than 20% of the United States consider themselves a chronic procrastinator. Think about that.

The problem is so bad, that 1/5th of the U.S. considers it something they struggle with everyday, something that is a part of their identity. This is an epidemic.

The first step to curing procrastination is to realize how large of a problem this really is. Can you compete - or even make space - in an attention-scarce society if you are throwing away your attention to whatever is at hand? Can you find wealth, happiness, success - however you measure it?

It's Hard - But It Can Be Beat.

Fearless Productivity is my attempt to distill the best anti-procrastination tools I've used myself, in a short, easy to read format.

It's what I used to cure my own procrastination.

Look. You don't have to do what I did, but you do have to do something.

The first step is to realize the problem - and understand just how bad it really is - every single day.

You're going to need to direct all of that self-criticism away from what you haven't accomplished and towards procrastination itself.

Let procrastination itself - not YOU - become a "scapegoat." It deserves it.

What has procrastination taken from you? It took almost everything from me.

What could you have in your life if procrastination was removed? I gained almost everything now thanks to curing myself of procrastination.

Remember, it's a daily battle, but you can win it.

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  1. Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

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