On inertia and procrastinationI seem to be getting closer to the source of what causes procrastination. I believe it can be explained by the simple laws that govern much of physical activity. Many people have always kept telling us that we're made up both of matter and energy - and that we don't control our energy very well. Assuming that mental activity is subject to many of the laws that lord over the so-called material events, inertia is probably the culprit for procrastination.
Seriously! What else would explain the lack of motivation to do something, to postpone to another day that which can be done today? Mind you, though physical inertia works both ways, i.e. a body at rest continues to do so and a body in motion likes to keep going on its way, mental inertia usually prefers option A which translates to lying on the sofa or resting in the armchair. Or perhaps it is the same way as physical bodies in the real world - too much friction eventually causes the go-getter to grind to a halt. This mental friction is possibly the amount of effort one has to expend on an activity, which to the procrastinator is something that should be pickled and preserved, hopefully for that rainy day when the remote isn't to be found and a massive manhunt must be called in. The procrastinator is a calculating man, who carefully (and intuitively) measures the amount of effort to do something, and unless the effort is the same as that to be spent on saving the world, or atleast a minor county, he would like to give it a miss.
The procrastinator's idea of heaven is a place where everything can be controlled by thought and nothing else. He is willing to pay big bucks to finance such research. The procrastinator who is no longer alive must not be mourned - he has merely done his sums and found that it takes too much effort to go on living and it is contrary to his principles. After all, he practically invented the phrase - "Let sleeping dogs lie". All he asks for is the same treatment.