Doctorow’s calmly reasoned article does a good job explaining the challenges ahead for computing, specifically the fundamental difference between general purpose computer devices and the centrally manufactured, specialized, single-use devices we’re transitioning away from.
Plan your work, then work your plan.
— (via tourdata)
From Sonra Oku on Medium, a requoted quote: “Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.”
This quote, and concept, echoes one frequently discussed at Macktez, namely that all the planning you imagine you’re doing when walking around thinking pales by what progress you make when you just take a few minutes to write it down. Then you can come back a few minutes, hours, or days later and iterate — But only if you wrote it down first.
Buried in the seminal post on the useful concept of structured (or productive) procrastination, is an excellent hint to the idea of constructive self-deception: “The observant reader may feel at this point that structured procrastination requires a certain amount of self-deception, since one is in effect constantly perpetrating a pyramid scheme on oneself. Exactly. One needs to be able to recognize and commit oneself to tasks with inflated importance and unreal deadlines, while making oneself feel that they are important and urgent. This is not a problem, because virtually all procrastinators have excellent self-deceptive skills also. And what could be more noble than using one character flaw to offset the bad effects of another?”
Slowly settling into an interesting new site called “Somewhere.”