Some dream big things, other wake up and do them. ~Old saying
Question #89291 posted on 04/06/2017 2:40 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board Gurus,

Terrific news!!
I finally understand how my brain works (no thanks to you PDBio 305) from watching this TED talk: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator
But as fantastic as knowing about this instant gratification monkey is, I still don't know how to negotiate with it so we steer clear of the dark playground (cuz it is indeed dark).

So, oh omniscient board, how have you overcome the monkey?

And don't tell me you haven't, cuz if you can answer questions in 100 hours, you're clearly experts :)

-Helpthemonkeyisatthewheelevennow

A:

Dear Monkey,

See, it's funny you ask that, because we're not actually that good at it. In fact, I think this is one of those cases where "ironic" is an accurate descriptor. As Frère Rubik pointed out in Board Question #89287, we recently had more overdue questions in our inbox than questions under 100 hours.

Procrastination has become a bigger problem for me the longer I've been in college. More and more, I find myself doing the minimum work ahead of time necessary to meet deadlines. For me, the best way to manage all the things I have to do is a to-do list. I just order the tasks to be done by deadline, and when I'm not sure what I need to do, I compare how urgent the deadline is for each item with how much I feel like doing it.

-The Entomophagist

A:

Dear No Space,

Well now the next time I'm trying to decide whether to procrastinate or not I'm probably just going to shout/sing "MONKEY TAKE THE WHEEL!" just because I really want to shout/sing that. It'll kill my productivity, but it'll increase my joy.

-Frère Rubik

A:

Dear Ook,

I haven't overcome the monkey; I have become one with the monkey.

~Anathema seriously procrastinates everything literally all the time, it's terrible