"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Maths and psychology

I was quite intrigued by this article about procrastinators. I can do task avoidance with the best of them but I would never have made the association promoted here that procrastination is due to being a perfectionist. As far as I am concerned, and speaking personally, it's all down to laziness or just not being in the right mood!
Or is that just too simple?
Mind you, the maths equation is interesting. U=EV/ID.
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.
OK, maybe not...


  1. What a coincidence- see my post today! Very interesting read, thanks.

  2. Fascinating! I know that for me blogging and visiting other bloggers' blogs has been a useful distraction from stuff I really should be doing.... You know how words stick in your head? One day at Stirling University I was strolling along and I heard a woman student yell from a window "Procrastination is the Spice of Life!" Perhaps she was right!

  3. Thanks for visiting, Katherine. I just looked - forget that cards, I'd say. ;)

    YP, on your final day at your school, maybe you could lean out of the window and do the same. ;)But I agree, surfing blogs can steal hours from your life.

  4. A timely post, Jenny. I'm a member of The Mimico Procrastinators Club. We meet every Thursday evening. Or Friday morning. Late Friday morning. Say, 11:00. If not, then straight away after tea ...

  5. Mimico Procrastinators Club eh, Dale! :)



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