If you’re feeling the itch for Star Wars: The Old Republic during the seemingly age-long but realistically short period between the end of the beta and the start of Early Access, maybe you can spend the time learning some real-world Jedi mind tricks.
Redditors having managed to compile a monster list of little tricks you can use to get your way in a negotiation, see whether someone is unconscious or just faking it, and convince people to do things for you.
It is, as Reddit threads tend to be, a highly entertaining read.
I used to write for productivity publications. I’d spend a lot of time thinking about how we motivate ourselves, how we create, looking at tools we use to organize our lives. After all that time, I came to the realization that tools don’t really matter, and systems rarely get to the heart of what actually makes them work, perhaps so you remain dependent on them. The brain is trained on rhythm and habit. If you create a rhythm to your tasks and then force yourself to follow the same process for getting things done until it becomes second nature, eventually you’ll find that doing that work is more of a habit than trying to avoid it. (more…)
When it comes to procrastination, I’ve always thought it important to distinguish between mundane procrastination that comes from not wanting to handle a task, and the kind where the urge to put something off is your brain’s way of telling you that it needs more time to process the subject matter or needs more information to proceed.
In a world that doesn’t provide people with the essential time needed to process information before using it creatively, it’s not surprising that this problem seems to bother more people than ever before. The New Yorker has published an interesting piece on the subject:
Academics, who work for long periods in a self-directed fashion, may be especially prone to putting things off: surveys suggest that the vast majority of college students procrastinate, and articles in the literature of procrastination often allude to the author’s own problems with finishing the piece. (This article will be no exception.) But the academic buzz around the subject isn’t just a case of eggheads rationalizing their slothfulness. As various scholars argue in “The Thief of Time,” edited by Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White (Oxford; $65)—a collection of essays on procrastination, ranging from the resolutely theoretical to the surprisingly practical—the tendency raises fundamental philosophical and psychological issues.
via The New Yorker’s What we can learn from procrastination.