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When I was a kid, I read a book called The Listmaker. It’s about a young girl who uses lists to organise and make sense of her life. At the time, I didn’t read any more into it besides the fact that this was an odd hobby for a pre-teen girl to spend so much time on. Now, although I don’t remember the book that well, I do see much more significance in the humble list — especially after researching where they come from and why we make lists.
Hey Lifehacker, I have a problem: I suffer from chronic procrastivity. I am ridiculously creative at coming up with ways of procrastinating, and even worse, internally justifying that procrastination as being genuinely productive. How do I break free from this disease and fool my devious subconscious into letting me add real value in my home and work environments?
Writing things down helps you remember them later, but it’s also a great way to keep yourself from getting distracted. If you often find your mind wandering when it should be focused on the task at hand, keep a “procrastination pad” to jot down those fleeting thoughts and look them up later.
We’ve previously noted that getting started is everything, but that only works if you have a place to start. Sometimes, you’ve formulated a plan, but many projects seem enormous and intimidating with no obvious place to begin. That’s when you need to tinker.
In an ideal world, most of our workday would revolve around using our best skills and doing the tasks that excite us. We’d then delegate the other stuff to someone else (ideally, someone for whom that task might be fun). While this may seem like a lofty goal, the truth is you can outsource more than you might think — for less than you’d imagine — using online virtual assistants and delivery services.
Dear Lifehacker, Lots of people are chronically late, and one big reason is the habit of always trying to do ‘one more thing’ before heading to an appointment. I suffer from this, and I’ve asked enough people to know that I’m not alone. Such people plan their day carefully, they know what time they have to leave, but they think ‘I’ll just do this one more thing before I go’. And that turns into another, then another, all small and probably non-urgent tasks that should only take up a few seconds but end up taking minutes, and then they end up late! Is there any way to deal with this? Thanks, One More Thing
We tend to view a wandering mind as a silly, if not bad thing, long-associated with creative types: Thales, the pre-Socratic philosopher, is said to have to been “so eager to know what was going on in heaven that he could not see what was before his feet” and had a habit of falling into wells. Any super-thinky people you know have probably done the same.