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Been pointed to an interesting article on procrastination this morning. It is a summary of a report of work by some German psychologists who were looking at procrastination in relation to concrete and abstract tasks.  In short, the concrete tasks got done and some of the abstract ones never got done – even though all the volunteer participants were receiving payment on completion of the allocated task.

The suggestion is that thinking about abstract tasks more concretely – breaking down into smaller parts, etc, can assist in getting things done.

Looking at my ‘to do’ list, over the last week, it is true that the concrete tasks have been done, but the ones where I need to get brain in gear seem to be languishing and looking at me! Now I’m sure if I was feeling clever, I could relate this to motivation and flow…


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