It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. – Jerome K. Jerome.
I like work, it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. – Jerome K. Jerome
Jerome is of course quite right, but the corrolary which he didn’t discover – but we did – is that work becomes so much more motivated if we are really meant to be doing something else.
The question is how to use this principle to get work done. If we can only demote what we want to get done to a second priority, we should be home free. But how? We must think up even more important work than what we intend to do, and thus make sure that doing what we want to do is a matter of neglecting the even more important task.
We have to somehow remove the sense of first priority and duty from what we want to get done, so that it counts as goofing off, even though we actually want to get it done.
Only the greatest philosophers have managed this., we believe, and so far we have not been able to unearth their secret.