Myocardial stunning

Patchett: In Bad Relationships, ‘There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go’
January 23, 2014
http://www.npr.org/2014/01/23/265228054/patchett-in-bad-relationships-there-comes-a-day-when-you-gotta-go

I never had any procrastination issues and a lot of my writer friends had procrastination issues, deadline issues, and they were really tortured by magazine writing.

So I think for the most part they really admired the fact that I could just kind of get in there workman-like, knock it out, and go home and go back to fiction.

… not only did he not die, he got better a couple of months after we got married. It turned out that it was a misdiagnosis, and that the heart muscle tissue had been stunned, had been paralyzed because the virus was still active, and that he didn’t have dead muscle tissue in the heart; and he was completely fine, he was over it, nothing ever happened.

Beating Songwriter’s Block Is A Game

For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter’s Block Is A Game
November 24, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/11/24/246755925/for-a-few-musicians-beating-songwriters-block-is-all-in-the-game

Bob Schneider finished writing “The Effect,” a song from his latest album, Burden of Proof, in just a few days.
That’s how he does it: For 12 years, the Texas musician has beaten back the urge to procrastinate by writing a song once a week, every week. It began casually, just him and a friend sharing their songs with one another.

Now it’s grown into an Internet-based, deadline-driven songwriting motivation strategy which Schneider calls “The Song Game.”
It’s a game without winners or losers — just productivity.
He’s filled five studio albums with songs from the game since 2001, and says he still needs it all these years later.

Getting Around to Writing “Art of Procrastination”

Getting Around to Writing “Art of Procrastination”
September 6, 2012
http://www.npr.org/2012/09/06/160670566/getting-around-to-writing-art-of-procrastination
On the phrase “task triage”
“The idea is that a lot of procrastinators are perfectionists.
Now, they’re not perfectionists in the sense that they do things perfectly — I mean, I’ve never done anything perfectly. But when I get a new task, I often fantasize about doing it perfectly.”

related:
http://www.npr.org/2014/01/02/259082836/how-scarcity-mentaly-affects-our-thinking-behavior