When Procrastination is Productive

Scott H. Young
Mind Cafe
Published in
5 min readApr 25, 2024

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I recently had an email exchange with a reader who, in his words, claimed to struggle with a lack of commitment.

He wanted to study machine learning, but he couldn’t get past the first few modules of the course he’s taking. After a few emails back and forth, however, I discovered the reason he “wasn’t able to commit” was simply that his full-time job and family responsibilities kept getting in the way.

I don’t think this reader’s problem was a lack of commitment.

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Scott H. Young
Mind Cafe

Author of WSJ best selling book: Ultralearning www.scotthyoung.com | Twitter: @scotthyoung