How’s your timing?

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. Dion Boucicault 1820 – 1890 These days, everyone seems to be short on time. So many people here in America are multitasking constantly and sacrificing sleep, yet they can’t seem to catch up. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Or are there? As it turns out, humans are notoriously bad at judging time; our brains simply aren’t wired for the task. A 2011 study by researchers Jennifer T. Coull, Ruey-Kuang Cheng, and Warren H. Meck observed that “There are no sensory receptors specifically dedicated for perceiving time.” And so we rely on …
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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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