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Links 1 through 10 of 77 by Angela Alcorn tagged GTD

Excerpt: Procrastinators often follow exactly the wrong tack. They try to minimize their commitments, assuming that if they have only a few things to do, they will quit procrastinating and get them done. But this approach ignores the basic nature of the procrastinator and destroys his most important source of motivation. The few tasks on his list will be, by definition, the most important. And the only way to avoid doing them will be to do nothing. This is the way to become a couch potato, not an effective human being.

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Excerpt: "If you had a manager that talked to you the way you talked to you, you'd quit. If you had a boss that wasted as much as your time as you do, they'd fire her. If an organization developed its employees as poorly as you are developing yourself, it would soon go under."

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Excerpt: "You wait until the last minute to buy Christmas presents. You put off seeing the dentist, or getting that thing checked out by the doctor, or filing your taxes. You forget to register to vote. You need to get an oil change. There is a pile of dishes getting higher in the kitchen. Shouldn’t you wash clothes now so you don’t have to waste a Sunday cleaning every thing you own?"

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Extract of conclusion: "But before we rush to overcome procrastination we should consider whether it is sometimes an impulse we should heed. The philosopher Mark Kingwell puts it in existential terms: “Procrastination most often arises from a sense that there is too much to do, and hence no single aspect of the to-do worth doing. . . . Underneath this rather antic form of action-as-inaction is the much more unsettling question whether anything is worth doing at all.” In that sense, it might be useful to think about two kinds of procrastination: the kind that is genuinely akratic and the kind that’s telling you that what you’re supposed to be doing has, deep down, no real point. The procrastinator’s challenge, and perhaps the philosopher’s, too, is to figure out which is which."

Hah - I love how one of the recommended tags for this article is "toread". Awesome work guys. :)

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"The moment I have an idea for an article, instead of just jotting it down as a phrase, I open a blank document and create the title, any subheadings that come to mind, and at least one paragraph, forming the “stub” of a full article. I find it much easier to continue later with some copy on the page than none. With the stub in place, the article on some level already exists; the rest is just detail. I’m never starting cold."

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Write 750 words every morning to get your creative juices flowing. It's kind of like Nanowrimo in bite-sized pieces.

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1. Whether you’re in high school, or college — matters not. It’s often hard to get ourselves to study. Set the timer for a good 30 minutes and study until it goes off. Just do it. It can help you get an A. You might even learn something new.

2. Have a big term paper coming up? Why not invest a chunk of time each day working on it so that you can finish without stress. Start the timer now.

3. Do you need to be out the door in 15 minutes, otherwise you’ll be late? Go ahead and start the timer. When it sounds… get a move on!

4. Do you have a pigsty like I do? Siphon off 20 minutes dedicated to cleaning. I’ll do it with you. Together we’ll make a real dent getting our places sparkling clean. It feels good!

5. Got a cup of tea brewing? Brew it to your specifications. Baking a pie? You’ll know when it’s ready.

6. Want to take a break from work? You could set the timer for an agreed amount of time and get back to work when you hear the sounding of the gongs.

... and more ideas.

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