Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Article: Urgency Addiction - Getting things Done

I'd just like to draw your attention to an interesting article about aspies in the workplace.

Urgency Addiction - Getting things Done
by Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm has a unique website which looks at how Aspergers presents in the world of business. In this article he looks at the forces which cause aspies to procrastinate and to postpone work until the last minute. He also looks at techniques for getting around the problem.

If you're an aspie in the workforce or later years of school or if you're the parent of a teenage aspie, this is a very good read. You might find it very familiar.

My Take
Strangely, the urgency addiction that Malcolm describes has almost the opposite effect to what I experience although the driving force is the same. In my case, I don't procrastinate but rather tend to do work as early and as quickly as possible.

I could however relate very well to his comments about losing interest half-way through.

Regardless of how a particular person's urgency addiction presents, there's no denying that it's a major source of anxiety for the aspie and that it puts a tremendous social strain on any group work.

I also agree with Malcolm's suggestion that there is a link between this and perfectionism.


Dan said...

I have AS and I personally wait until the last minute to do everything. Especially when it comes to school.

benjiman said...

Hi man. Its benjimanbreeg from WP. I got banned quite a while ago, by Sinsboldly. There seems to be so many people in my shoes that have been banned unfairly by her, cause she has personal issues with them. I can't get hold of Alex, as he seems to be in exile, and he's on my friends list on facebook. Is there anyway I can be reinstated? I'm not even worried about visiting the forums too much, and won't if so. I just have unread messages from friends on there, and would like to be on the site for support. Thanks.

Gavin Bollard said...

I'll have a look and see what can be done.

benjiman said...

Ok thanks man, you can let me know on here or, i'll give you my email address if you like?


Rachel said...

Gavin, I'm like you in the procrastination department: I do tasks early and very quickly. I hate leaving things until the last minute. It stresses me out completely.

Gavin Bollard said...


I'm starting with Sinsboldly because I need to know why you were banned and how she expects you to be able to resume. Once I have her take, I'll decide whether it seems fair or not and if necessary take it further.

If you use the Contact Me form about halfway down the blog (right hand side, you'll be able to send me an email directly).