Time is the Ultimate Frenemy

Is there anything that is on our side, as well as not on our side, so much and so often as time? Fire? Love? Oxygen? Good candidates, but not constantly present throughout our lives, in my opinion, and debatable for overall impact.

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Definition: Meta-procrastination, Compensatory Conviction, Zeigarnik Effect, Getting-into Time, Idea Doubt, Vuja De

Me in a 15 minute talk, essentially.

 

Meta-procrastination

(superior) procrastination where one creates activities for procrastination, then procrastinate in performing them

 

Compensatory conviction

Development of a passion for something that distracts you from your current serious uncertainty on what to do next

 

Zeigarnik effect

How we have a better memory for incomplete rather than complete tasks because you check off the latter to forget about it

 

Getting-into time

Time it takes you to get back into something from where you left off

 

Idea Doubt

Doubt that is energizing because it causes you to want to test, experiment, and refine, to get it right, knowing the first batch will almost always be crappy

 

Vuja De

Is when you look at something you’ve seen many times before and all of a sudden see it with fresh eyes

 

Definition: Parkinson’s Law (for meetings)

Parkinson’s Law (for meetings)

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

 

In other words, if you allot an hour for a half hour meeting, there’s a good chance it will take an hour. That’s not a “law” scientifically, but research has shown this to be true more times than not.

 

From this excellent podcast on how to have better meetings.

Setting a Bed Time Alarm (Science of Well-being Course Rewirement Week 4)

For Week 4 of the Science of Well-being course, the rewirement was to get more sleep, like maybe an extra half hour each night. More sleep, to some degree of sufficiency or a little excess, will boost your mood. Chronic lack of sleep also shortens your telomers, or ends of your DNA, that shortens lifespans, supposedly. It’s just not a good thing, let’s just say.

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