We’re living in an exciting century. The majority of today’s success stories trace its existence from few nerds hacking in their garage. Yet, majority of ambitious hackers, struggle to get going with any of the dozen of ideas that they have thought, most of which end up being un-fiddled in their favorite note-taking apps.
It seems very exciting to draw the plan for your side-project, its features, its technology and of course, how it could be a million-dollar thing but rarer is for someone to get started, and more rarer, to manage more than a few sittings on desk over it, eventually after, the enthusiasm dries up and its time to head back to browsing your favorite sites.
Almost everyone, knowingly or unknowingly, suffers from the same compulsion of doing activities that come under umbrella of “wasting time” but the scope is a lot different for hackers who don’t procrastinate over not doing their assignments, or presentation but shipping something that people might need.
What is procrastination?
Wikipedia defines Procrastination as:
a practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before a deadline.
The task which can be getting a hair-cut, writing an academic paper, or coding the first version of the application. Paul Graham, in one of his essays argues that procrastinating over the first isn’t necessarily bad if it serves a better purpose but the most common way people procrastinate is either by endlessly browsing social media sites, watching netflix, playing video games or any similar activity which echoes the sentiment of “doing nothing”. In short, procrastination is “wasting time” which could otherwise, be spent in a more productive manner.