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Learning vs. Doing
“The fact that you can fool yourself, for the most part, into thinking that you have done something really valuable with your time is really dangerous.”
procrastination  work  doing  can-duruk  learning 
6 hours ago by jasdev
Wait But Why
A popular long-form, stick-figure-illustrated blog about almost everything.
blog  comic  interesting  articles  procrastination 
yesterday by d_licious
Productive choices (which?) | Seth's Blog
Example: For the next hour, we either need to be developing a brand new strategy for your widget rollout or re-filing forty 1099s. One or the other, switch when you want to. If it gets too scary on the brand side, let’s do some mindless filing.
productivity  procrastination  sethgodin 
7 days ago by bobpotter
The One Habit That Stops Procrastination In Its Tracks
Do you have problems getting started on things you need to do? You can prevent yourself from procrastinating with this one habit.
17 days ago by prrd
New Year, New You? How to Set Resolutions That You Can Actually Achieve - The New York Times
One method I’ve written a lot about is SMART goals. The acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. Start with “specific,” which refers to concrete, clearly defined goals. Instead of saying you want to write a book this year, say you want to write one chapter every month with a certain word count you’re going to hit weekly. This way, you still have your broad goal of writing the book, but you also have (much) smaller doses of success along the road, and also a road map of how to achieve the larger goal.

Then, you have “measurable." Whatever your goal is, you’re going to have ways to measure the progress you’re making. Sticking with the book example, writing 2,000 words a week is a goal in itself. Those small things add up. There’s a lot of research that says “success begets success.” If you think you’ve achieved a certain goal, it can make you more likely to stick with it so you keep achieving goals and getting that reward loop going.

Next, “achievable.” You want to aim high but within reason. Writing a book is probably a stretch goal for anyone, but if you have a plan, it can be within reason. If you say you want to become a novelist this year, that’s probably an unreasonable goal. But writing a book is a little more reasonable.

After that, you want to have a “relevant” goal. Back to what I was saying about setting goals that you actually care about rather than things you think you should care about or things you’re arbitrarily setting just to have a goal.

And, at last, the “T” is, for me, probably the most important: Have a timeline. Saying you want to write a book this year is great, but if you don’t have a timeline with specific dates and deadlines, and things that you should have achieved by those dates, you’re just setting yourself up for failure.
resolutions  procrastination 
19 days ago by thegrandnarrative

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