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Chapter 2. The Procrastination Epidemic > You're Not a Bad Person - Pg. 16

The Procrastination Epidemic 16 You might, for example, need to spread out commitments and tasks to keep your schedule man- ageable and to be most productive. That's what I did with this book. I proposed the topic to an editor several months before I would be able to start writing it. I wanted to get the book project on my schedule and on the publisher's calendar far in advance so that I wouldn't miss out on the chance to do it. But I needed to delay the writing of it until my schedule lightened up. That's the good kind of procrastination. It's based on conscious thought and rational decision-making. You might also delay something because of an anticipated change in circumstances. You say to yourself, "I'm not going to begin this project yet because it's very likely that the new manager who starts next week is not going to want any of the old manager's projects to be carried out." As long as you would still have time to get it done if the new person did indeed want it, then you've made a wise decision. But if there's little chance that the project would get cancelled and you're just using the management transition as an excuse to procrastinate, then that's the bad kind of procrastination. Quicksand! It's easy to trick yourself into thinking that you're doing the good kind of procrastinating when in fact you're looking for an easy way out. Make sure you have a truly legitimate reason for putting something off and are not just making excuses or hoping the task will "go away."