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    When you think in terms of task rather than time limit

    This passage is really confusing, Is the writer saying more work such another graph or table is undesirable with more time limit? So do we have to have less deadline to for faster processing of any task? If you have more time, you can do more things for better result.

    20-7 The only way to overcome procrastination is to provide yourself with a sense of urgency. Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Thus, if you must have a particular task due at 3:00 p.m. today, it is usually done by 3:00 p.m. However, if for the same task you are given until the end of the month, it will usually take until the end of the month. When you think in terms of task rather than time limit, perfectionism sets in. You always do a little bit more, another graph or table. You persuade yourself into thinking these add up to excellence. Thus, set a deadline for every task and stick to it in order to generate a sense of crisis.

    =>Setting a deadline is to prevent your work from being ( A ) indefinitely as well as growing more ( B ) intentionally.

    (A) (B)
    ① delayed defective
    ② postponed flawless
    ③ extended imperfect
    ④ disassembled faultless
    ⑤ procrastinated incomplete
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    Re: When you think in terms of task rather than time limit

    This reminds me of an old saying that was often used to describe computer programmers: Perfect is the enemy of good enough. A programmer would write a program that worked well. But that programmer would then keep tinkering and tinkering with the code to make it just a little better. This endless tinkering took up a tremendous amount of time, often with no obvious improvement in function. This speaker thinks that this behavior is a form of procrastination.
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