Procrastination is the new buzzword in the booming getting-things-done industry. It has become the fourteenth unforgivable sin, to be avoided at all costs. Some think of it, wrongly as prevarication, but that implies a degree of active evasion in the process. Instead, procrastination is more a case of hapless incompetence.
But whatever you do, don’t procrastinate and under no circumstances should you prevaricate unless stopped for speeding. Just go on out there and do it — or so multitudes of experts advice.
Despite good intentions, though, most of us procrastinate to an extent. Guilty, m’Lud, as far as Macfilos is charged; I have first-class honours in the art of putting things off. There is a vast list of ideas and half-baked stories cluttering up the editorial folders, all of which I intend one day to complete.
It isn’t easy being a procrastinator. Even worse to be a procrastinating hoarder.
All is not lost, however. Help (or, in fact, potential disaster) could be at hand in the form of a tailor-made anti-procrastination application to help your next masterpiece on its way. To the trash can, more than likely.
The Most Dangerous Typing App takes the form of a “simple and attractive text editor” with a scorpion in its footnote. Apparently, if you stop typing before you’ve been clattering away for a full five minutes the text begins to fade. Then, unless you re-start immediately, your jottings sink without trace.
In some cases, you would agree, this can be A GOOD THING. It saves disk space in the absence of cogent thought. But it’s negative and doesn’t produce anything useful or solve any problems. It’s a stick, not a carrot.
Going, going, gone
I confess I considered this nihilistic bit of software for all of ten seconds. Could be just what I need? Perhaps not, because it would ensure that nothing gets completed, ever. Macfilos would be reduced to a headline, a byline and a SUBSCRIBE button. Peace at last.
Who thinks these things up? In this case, it is one Manuel Ebert (@maebert on Twitter). Me, I’m actually too lily-livered to try The Most Dangerous Typing App. You might have different views and could indeed wish to know more about this “powerful random story generator”. Here it is. Enjoy.