Why not leverage procrastination instead?

October 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Came across this brilliant article recently through a friend on how to better handle procrastination that you’ve just got to check out!

You’re familiar with procrastination right? You know, that horrible habit you just can’t kick that seems to eat away at your time and productvity. Well turns out you don’t actually have to stop procrastinating (as I myself have tried hopelessly to do in the past). Instead, why not leverage it to be even more productive?

It’s a brilliant idea put forward, brilliant in its own blatant simplicity. Instead of starting at No. 1 on the list, why not start at No. 2? The whole thing is explained pretty thoroughly so I won’t go into more here (go read the article!), but I can tell you how true it has actually been for me so far.

This posterous in itself was started as a product of procrastination. If you don’t believe me, check out my first post on it. My most recent result of procrastination too, was the building of our Share Goodness website (here) as a departure from the old blog. This one was done in the middle of my dissertation writing period, when doing my dissertation just became too big a task to do right then (sound familiar?).

These are proof that the method can actually work for me at least, and now that I’m aware and can apply a bit more structure to it I’m excited to see what new levels of productivity I’ll be able to hit, and whether I’ll finally be able to do away with that procrastination bug once and for all!

As the article quotes:

“… anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” — Robert Benchley, in Chips off the Old Benchley, 1949

Article: Structured Procrastination

Find the next story!

October 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m extremely delighted, and almost ashamed to be posting this.

Delighted because I can share this amazing talk with you. It speaks of the danger of having only one story of a place, a situation, a culture or a people. It highlights how easily we can be oblivious to the real facts of a subject, and how our views can be skewed by what stories we’re exposed to. It encourage us to dig deeper, change our pre-conceptions and to find another story!

Ashamed because I too have fallen prey to the ‘single story’ phenomenon in the past. Most notably with the mis-conceptions she speaks of with Africa, and on my own of the Arab world. Though not so badly off since some level of intuition and common sense always told me what I saw wasn’t all to it, I still did form certain perceptions of these places largely based on the mass media I was exposed to. After meeting people from these places and actively searching for ‘other stories’ though, I’m happy to say my conceptions have been breaking over and over again, and I’ve now developed a hunger for finding that ‘next story’ with different cultures and situations around the world.

So what pre-conceptions have you found to be massively wrong recently? I guarantee you’re probably walking around with one or two you hadn’t even realised before.