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The findings, reported in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, were very clear. Even though all of the students were being paid upon completion, those who thought about the questions abstractly were much more likely to procrastinate -- and in fact some never got around to the assignment at all. By contrast, those who were focused on the how, when and where of doing the task e-mailed their responses much sooner, suggesting that they hopped right on the assignment rather than delaying it.

This is one reason why I'm so down on architecture astronauts. I find that the amount of discussion on a software feature is inversely proportional to its value. Sure, have some initial discussion to figure out your direction, but the sooner you can get away from airy abstractions, and down to the nuts and bolts of building the damn thing, the better off you -- and your project -- will be.

Put another way, what's the hardest thing you have to do every day? D

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Remember that "open in new tab" rarely means "read it later." It usually means "use up memory and let this page run in the background until eventually declare tab-bankruptcy and close them all."

Kindle Instapaper Photo by Joshua Kaufman via Flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshuakaufman/5020686891/So if Open In New Tab doesn't mean Read Later, what does? Why, READ LATER does! This gets even better when you combine a Read Later tool like Instapaper with an Amazon Kindle like my new Kindle Paperwhite (I reviewed the Paperwhite last week.)
Inserting a Kindle into your Life's Workflow

Here's the idea. You get a bunch of links that flow through your life all week long. These are often in the form of what I call "long-form reading." Hackernews links, NYTimes studys, academic papers, etc. Some folks make bookmarks, have folders called "Links" on their desktops, or email themselves links.

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Make Email Work

Be clear and precise. It's very easy to misinterpret email, especially across cultures and languages. Re-read your emails before sending.
Document everything. Document all decisions - if it's not recorded in email, it didn't happen.
Share everything. Use email to share face-to-face hallway, office, lunchtime or post-meeting conversations.
Be inclusive. Leave time for other sites to read and reply before closing the issue (as appropriate).
Set up inclusive DLs. Having all stakeholders on the appropriate distribution lists is the easiest way to keep from forgetting other sites. Don't hide DL membership.
Answer all questions asked. Incomplete answers lead to frustration and wasted time.
Avoid unnecessary questions. Ask yourself β€˜is it really worth a 24-hour turn-around to answer this question? Can I answer it myself, or ask someone local?' Don't block an important thread with a trivial question.

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Peggy Wang, a senior editor at Buzzfeed, has recently displayed a pronounced knack for aggregating what feels like some of the best of Pinterest in tips/lifehacks, home decor ideas, and DIY projects shared around the web. Exhibit A: 52 Totally Feasible Ways To Organize Your Entire Home; Exhibit B: 22 Things You're Doing Wrong; Exhibit C: 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks

Peggy Wang's Buzzfeed posts page. More highlights from the past few months:

*24 Survival Tips For Living Alone
*31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects
*24 Incredibly Simple Ways To Make Your Food Taste Awesome
*39 Easy DIY Ways To Create Art For Your Walls
*20 DIY Home Remedies You Had No Idea Existed
*22 Clever Hiding Places To Stash Your Stuff
*41 Easy Things To Do With Mason Jars
*25 Awesome DIY Ideas For Bookshelves
*27 Ways To Rethink Your Bed
*28 Functional And Beautiful Ways To Decorate With Contact Paper
*56 Ways To Decorate With Washi Tape
*21 Easy Ideas For Adorable DIY Terrariums
*13 Healthy And Gluten-Free

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Optimists explain good things as being personal, general, and permanent, and explain away bad things as being impersonal, specific, and temporary. And if you point out the contradiction in their explanations, they see no contradiction. To them, the bad stuff really isn't about them, it's just that one thing that one time.

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