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Procrastination

Yesterday, I accidentally wondered into John Perry‘s [American Philosopher] essay collection through some stray links and then got lost in them. I always felt something was wrong with my ways or with the world. His posts on procrastination and horizontal organisation give me a better perspective on things and make me feel less of an outsider.

Essays relevant to procrastination:
1. Structured Procrastination
2. Procrastination and Perfectionism
3. A Plea for the Horizontally Organized

If you are going to be reading just one of Perry’s essays, then I would suggest you read the first one. Structured procrastination is the art of making the bad trait work for you. It involves shaping the structure of the tasks one has to do in a way that exploits the trait. Towards the end of the essay Perry makes a point that structured procrastination involves certain amount of self-deception but should be easy for a procrastinator.

Confession: I am using structured procrastination to revive this blog ;^).

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I came across this article on a linkedin group. It talks about habits, breaking routines, and cultivating new ones. All of which I strongly subscribe and occasionally succumb to. Striving for continuous improvement (which has been referred to as the kaizen technique here) has been a guiding philosophy for me in life [for those of you who chuckled after reading that bit, hey I still have a long way to go.. :-)].

The fight-to-flight response when the fear of the unknown kicks in, which also the post speaks about, is something I see happening quite often around (and in) me. Another good point is made about the different approaches that people take while solving problems. It’s not a good idea to force-fit your approaches on others, and the make of a good team would be a nice blend of people with different approaches.

Article link: Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?