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Procrastinator's Creed

by ghenry (Vicar)
on Jun 28, 2005 at 11:34 UTC ( #470582=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Does this ring true for any projects you have done or your daily work ethic?

It really made me laugh, as I can see some of these in me:

  1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
  2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
  3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
  4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
  5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
  6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
  7. I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesmally small, is not exactly zero.
  8. If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
  9. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
  10. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
  11. I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
  12. I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.
  13. I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
  14. I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (the Procrastinator's Society) if they ever get it organized.

Taken from The Procrastinator's Creed.

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Re: Procrastinator's Creed
by Nevtlathiel (Friar) on Jun 28, 2005 at 11:46 UTC
    I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
    Or for those of us not quite so good at procrastinating, but better at "delegating":

    "Why do today what somebody else can do tomorrow?" ;-)

    ----------
    My cow-orkers were talking in punctuation the other day. What disturbed me most was that I understood it.

Re: Procrastinator's Creed
by thor (Priest) on Jun 28, 2005 at 15:14 UTC
    I'll read it later. ;)

    thor

    Feel the white light, the light within
    Be your own disciple, fan the sparks of will
    For all of us waiting, your kingdom will come

Re: Procrastinator's Creed
by jasonk (Parson) on Jun 28, 2005 at 14:00 UTC

    But this is what I like most about Perl. Perl makes it so easy and enjoyable to get the work done, that it's actually more trouble to procrastinate! I can either spend an hour writing code, or two to three hours making up excuses for why I can't do it yet.


    We're not surrounded, we're in a target-rich environment!
Re: Procrastinator's Creed
by radiantmatrix (Parson) on Jun 28, 2005 at 20:45 UTC

    I consider myself a procrastinator, but this is a bit ridiculous. I mean, I do sometimes put off what I should be doing (like I am right now, as I post to PerlMonks from work), but never so much that I miss deadlines or try to actively avoid work.

    Most of that list sounds less like procrastinating and more like outright slacking. It's all well and good to be Lazy, but even good things can be taken to excess. ;-D

    Yoda would agree with Perl design: there is no try{}

Re: Procrastinator's Creed
by zentara (Archbishop) on Jun 29, 2005 at 11:26 UTC
    How about " I will never upgrade hardware which will surely be cheaper next year".

    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh
Re: Procrastinator's Creed
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on Jun 29, 2005 at 11:45 UTC
    I'll start on this tomorrow ;)

    (Was I'll read this later but I was too lazy to read Thors reply)

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