The placebo effect points to the importance of perception and the brain’s role in physical health. However, the use of placebos as treatment in clinical medicine (as opposed to laboratory research) is ethically problematic as it introduces deception and dishonesty into the doctor-patient relationship.
This NextWeb article muddles, as many do, the distinction between the lists of tasks that you are using to plan projects and be strategic versus the small subset of those actionable tasks that are context-appropriate for you to focus your efforts on today.
If you’re just getting started, start by just writing down (on paper) three critical tasks your feel you need to get done and keeping that paper with you until you finish them all. If you don’t finish one, just move one and make a new list tomorrow.
This is good way to get started, but skips the strategic planning part of “Working Yellow.”
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.
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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.