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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Hacking your habits

Today’s Lesson is from my daughter, Cheryl, offering her perspective on using technology to form better habits and improve your life. Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes. Mary Martin 1913 – 1990 Most of you have probably heard of productivity apps — electronic tools that use reminders and virtual to-do lists to help you get more done. I’d resisted trying these tools because I wasn’t convinced the time and effort to use them would actually pay off for me. Then I read about people putting these apps to other uses: to foster new habits, encourage self-improvement, and further their …
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Leave work at work

My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865 Recently, my daughter shared a satirical article from The Onion that had a strong element of truth to it. The article explains that health experts had observed immediate and lasting changes in mood and stress levels when people stood up at their desks a single time, then left the office forever. While the story is meant to be funny, it highlights the fact that many people are very unhappy at work, and this unhappiness ends up bleeding into the rest of their …
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