Gretchen Rubin

Working Is One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Procrastination–18th Century Style.

Working Is One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Procrastination–18th Century Style.

“Idleness is often covered by turbulence and hurry. He that neglects his known duty and real employment naturally endeavours to crowd his mind with something that may bar out the remembrance of his own folly, and does any thing but what he ought to do with eager diligence, that he may keep himself in his own favour."

--Samuel Johnson, Selected Writings, "Idler no. 31," November 18, 1758

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: "Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination." I got a kick out of seeing one of my favorite authors, Dr. Johnson, express the same notion in his inimitable, eighteenth-century style.

Agree, disagree?

 

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