The good words to put in an essay impressive people I know are all terrible procrastinators. So could it be that procrastination isn’t always bad?
But this is, strictly speaking, impossible. I’d argue, is good procrastination. Good procrastination is avoiding errands to do real work. Good in a sense, at least. You’re going to have to do whatever it is eventually. Empirically it seems to be so. The main reason may be that there’s no one to interrupt them yet.
There’s also a variant where one has no place to work. I’ve used both these excuses at one time or another. Some days I get real work done. Other days are eaten up by errands.
What are the most important problems in your field? Are you working on one of them? Hamming was at Bell Labs when he started asking such questions. Most people will shy away from this question.
To do good work, you need to do more than find good projects. There’s more to it than that. There’s an almost physical pain in facing them. You can’t look a big problem too directly in the eye. The very best work has been done this way. I don’t think they should feel guilty. Morris for reading drafts of this.