I call it negative-procrastination


Procrastination: putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time.
Usually it is also associated with "do unimportant stuff instead of the important stuff." Lately I have noticed another form of behaviour: Not doing anything useful because the shoulds have not been dealt with. It works like this: "I need to do XY. I will do that later. I woud like to do YZ, but I rather not before XY is done..." This ultimately ends in a big waste of time.

Procrastinating XY by doing other useful things (doing dishes, cleaning up etc) has been called structured procrastination. Holding back on doing anything useful (or fun) because the important stuff hasn't been done... I think I will call it negative-procrastination.


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