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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - The Atlantic
Most writers manage to get by because, as the deadline creeps closer, their fears of turning in nothing eventually surpasses their fears of turning in something terrible. But I’ve watched a surprising number of young journalists wreck, or nearly wreck, their careers by simply failing to hand in articles. These are all college graduates who can write in complete sentences, so it is not that they are lazy incompetents. Rather, they seem to be paralyzed by the prospect of writing something that isn’t very good.

“Exactly!” said Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, when I floated this theory by her. One of the best-known experts in the psychology of motivation, Dweck has spent her career studying failure, and how people react to it. As you might expect, failure isn’t all that popular an activity. And yet, as she discovered through her research, not everyone reacts to it by breaking out in hives. While many of the people she studied hated tasks that they didn’t do well, some people thrived under the challenge. They positively relished things they weren’t very good at—for precisely the reason that they should have: when they were failing, they were learning.
talent  writing  procrastination  imposter-syndrome 
13 hours ago by thegrandnarrative
The Joe Rogan Experience - Sleep Expert and Neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Walker - Podcast Notes
We need 7-9 hours a night
Once you get below 7, we can measure impairments in the brain 
There is a small fraction of <1% of the population, that has a certain gene that allows them to survive on 5 hours of sleep
You are more likely to be struck by lighting than have this gene
The gene promotes wakefulness chemistry in the brain
health  fitness  productivity  procrastination  rogan 
2 days ago by caseyajordan12
Productive Procrastination: How to Get More Done by Procrastinating on Purpose | Nick Wignall
Counter-intuitive strategies for using productive procrastination to beat procrastiantion and get more done with less effort.
productivity  procrastination  psychology  work 
5 days ago by e2b
How to Get Things Done When You Don't Feel Like It | Hacker News
I can function on 3 hours a day -- if the only thing I have to do is talking and reacting to incoming stimuli. Which is precisely what high-flying politicians and execs do: talk, talk, talk, with some occasional reasoning thrown in. They don't have to break down complex problems or create complex artefacts, there are aides doing it for them. They just go through briefing after briefing and react to what is thrown at them.

Actual creative workers and engineers require a different set of brain fu...
sleep  h  procrastination  productivity  health  lifehacks 
7 days ago by hellsten

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