Pseudo-productive procrastination

I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done. Susan Orlean 1955 – Many people today engage in what I call “pseudo-productive procrastination” — usually without even realizing it. While this behavior might convey some short-term benefits, it can ultimately damage productivity and severely hinder you from reaching your long-term goals. What is pseudo-productive procrastination? Quite simply, it’s performing low-value or unnecessary tasks in order to delay working on a more valuable project. It manifests in many ways: checking email every few minutes; doing more research than necessary; over-organizing electronic files …
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The Myth of Busyness

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Last time, I discussed how important it is to accept that you can’t do everything. This week, I want to touch on a related topic: the myth of busyness. These days, everyone is busy, jumping from one job to the next and forgoing sleep because we don’t have enough time for everything we need and want to do. Our culture seems to glorify busyness, assuming that anyone who isn’t busy must be either lazy or …
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Four questions to reclaim your time

A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 On some level, we each realize that we can’t do it all; we have a limited number of hours per day and a limited amount of energy. But we still try to do as much as possible, and we tend to feel guilty or beat ourselves up when we miss an opportunity or fail to complete an impossible to-do list. This issue seems to be particularly troublesome during the holidays; we have so many additional tasks and opportunities …
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