28 March 2008

Work paralysis

I have a bad habit.

When I have an important but short task hanging over my head, I will often neglect it and other less important tasks, and waste time on the internet instead.

It is strange in that, in the absence of the first task, I would generally have been happy to work on the other tasks rather than waste time. This is not only obviously suboptimal for my productivity, it probably also violates some basic criterion of economic rationality.

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