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Structured Procrastination: the fine art of doing less, but in a structured way,
or “I’m sorry it took me so long to get it done, I had less important things to do.”

This essay is pretty old and I read many years ago, but I just realized I never shared it. TL;DR, if you can’t beat them join them. 🙂

If you are a procrastinator, don’t try to beat your tendency into submission, instead leverage it to work on other projects. It follows the same logic that recommends to automate as many tasks as possible if you are lazy (something most CS people can relate to). After all, your brain is capable of only so many hours of creative work per day, the rest is drudge work.
Source: Structured Procrastination: Do Less & Deceive Yourself

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Quote of the day

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.

François-René de Chateaubriand

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Quote of the day

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.

Richard Feynman

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Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Lao Tzu

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Efforts should be made to structure activities so that instrumental consequences do not become motives.

Accountability is important, but structured crudely, it can create the very behavior that it is designed to prevent.

Time to reconsider the goal-oriented mindset that is so widespread in our culture?

The Secret of Effective Motivation – NYTimes.com

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Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

Pablo Picasso

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In Japan there is a word to describe the various limits in innovative thinking. Taga, which literally describes the metal hoops which keep a tight hold on the wooden boards which make a barrel, is used to describe the current state of Japanese innovation. Taga is what causes organizations to decide unconsciously and automatically what is possible and what is not based on current circumstances, not future predictions, hopes or opportunities. It stops completely the ability of a company to adopt a positive attitude towards any change or new idea. Taga is usually fostered in a tacit agreement to, or unspoken understanding of, customary rules or organizational paradigms within a company. When new people join a company (usually it’s the hope that new people bring new ideas) they tend to quickly become unconsciously accustomed to thinking along the lines of the existing organization paradigm. This means that it can be extremely difficult for a company to be aware of taga limiting creativity and implementation of new ideas within your own company.

References:
http://its-innovative.com/blog/what-happened-to-japanese-innovation
http://its-innovative.com/ebook/understanding_Taga.pdf

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