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How to Get Motivated

How to Get Motivated (the Poster) [1980x1080.png]. Here are the instructions. Based upon the Procrastination Equation.
posted by storybored on Mar 8, 2016 - 33 comments

The Procrastinator’s Clock

Every clock at New York's Grand Central Station runs one minute fast by design. It's not an uncommon psychological trick: an informal poll of the Straight Dope message board turns up dozens of people who set their clocks 1, 15, or 30 minutes ahead to encourage punctuality and "create" more time. "The problem with this" (points out Crooked Timber) "is that if you’re half-way rational, you’ll correct for the error, making it useless. So the solution is to have a probabilistic clock, where the clock is fast, but you aren’t sure how fast it is within a given and relatively short time range." [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Mar 7, 2016 - 67 comments

RIP Rosie Roach

"A professor at Texas A&M University posted these photos to Facebook. 'There has been a dead cockroach in the Anthropology building's stairwell for at least two weeks. Some enterprising person has now made her a little shrine.'" Things escalated from there.
posted by Kattullus on Dec 20, 2015 - 75 comments

Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away  

Screens generate distraction - biologically impossible to resist - in a manner akin to second-hand smoke. Allowing laptop use in class is like allowing boombox use in class  -  it lets each person choose whether to degrade the experience of those around them. [CITATION PROVIDED] I've stopped thinking of students as people who simply make choices about whether to pay attention, and started thinking of them as people trying to pay attention but having to compete with various influences, the largest of which is their own propensity towards involuntary and emotional reaction.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 23, 2014 - 96 comments

A few alternatives to Dr Google

Dr Google always thinks it's cancer, except when it's lupus. So how do you find reliable health information online? The (US) National Institute on Aging has some good rules of thumb, and the National Library of Medicine has a simple tutorial. Many of us, though, might prefer a list of general trustworthy resources. Here are some of my favorites, including some Australian and UK resources that American MeFites might not know. [more inside]
posted by gingerest on Jul 31, 2014 - 21 comments

Not 21 days

How Long does it actually take to form a habit? Answer: Not 21 days. ...Maltz's work influenced nearly every major "self-help" professional from Zig Ziglar to Brian Tracy to Tony Robbins. And as more people recited Maltz's story -- like a very long game of "Telephone" -- people began to forget that he said "a minimum of about 21 days" and shortened it to: "It takes 21 days to form a new habit." A study debunks a popular self-help myth.
posted by storybored on Apr 19, 2014 - 19 comments

Putting off writing

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators "Over the years, I developed a theory about why writers are such procrastinators: We were too good in English class. This sounds crazy, but hear me out."
posted by dhruva on Feb 16, 2014 - 84 comments

Welcome to the dark playground

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate, How to Beat Procrastination
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 2, 2014 - 131 comments

Get Er Done

Miranda July's Foolproof Tips to Combat Procrastination. (YouTube video) [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Nov 18, 2012 - 31 comments

When the carrot is too distant, and there is no stick

Beeminder provides an interesting and novel solution to the problem of akrasia. Got a long term goal or habit you'd like to change or develop (like losing weight or writing every day), then set out your targets, record your progress every day and pay cold hard cash the day you fall off the 'yellow brick road'. [more inside]
posted by grahamspankee on Jul 19, 2012 - 38 comments

They do indeed know it

There must be a recognition of the self in its relation to the profession one proposes. If we do declare our profession, we must also keep the epistemological awareness. That is, if we are our profession, we must know it. [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Dec 11, 2011 - 10 comments

What you're probably doing right now...

Procrastination is fueled by weakness in the face of impulse and a failure to think about thinking.
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Oct 28, 2010 - 59 comments


"Each morning for over eight months [George Akerlof] woke up and decided that the next morning would be the day to send the Stiglitz box." James Surowiecki reviews The Thief of Time, a collection of essays about procrastination. His house is now as tidy as it ever has been. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Oct 4, 2010 - 33 comments

Procrastination and Useful Websites

29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I'm Trying to Avoid Real Work
posted by MechEng on Apr 11, 2010 - 42 comments

Have fun... now!

"Once you start procrastinating pleasure, it can become a self-perpetuating process if you fixate on some imagined nirvana. The longer you wait to open that prize bottle of wine, the more special the occasion has to be." Something to keep in mind in this season when many are flush with gift certificates.
posted by tractorfeed on Dec 30, 2009 - 76 comments

Radio radio

Please dismantling the Radio(?). your have only screwdriver. The tool you can use is the screwdriver. Japanese skill is NO need to slove this puzzle. Good luck. [Via JIG.]
posted by mudpuppie on Nov 4, 2009 - 120 comments

Read at work

Read at Work. How to read at work without being busted, and not in a "guide to" kind of way...
posted by jonathanstrange on May 28, 2008 - 49 comments

Something to Watch While You're Procrastinating

This post goes out to everyone who is supposed to be working right now. Perhaps you can relate.
posted by salvia on Mar 9, 2008 - 19 comments

Block time-wasting websites using the Invisibility Cloak

Gina Trapani's Invisibility Cloak is a GreaseMonkey script for Firefox that blocks time-wasting websites while you're working. Conveniently, MetaFilter is included by default. Previously: Temptation Blocker.
posted by russilwvong on May 16, 2007 - 13 comments

There's nothin' Nietzsche couldn't teach ya...

The Philosophy Podcast seems to be a podcast where great philosophical works are read aloud. Unfortunately you need to pay for the full works, but the bits are fun. For something a little more contemporary, check out Philosophy Talk, hosted by Ken Taylor and one of the funniest contemporary analytic philosophers: John Perry. In particular, check out Perry's light essays in which the power of procrastination can be harnessed (and apparently now put on t-shirts), an ideal desk is a giant lazy susan, and connections are drawn between golf and suffering.
posted by ontic on Feb 27, 2007 - 8 comments

Work Friendly!

Work Friendly is the greatest website ever for people trying to get away with web browsing at work. You enter a URL, it launches a new window styled to resemble a Word Document window. It even includes a "Boss" key to convert the page to regular text. Check out MeFi in it. [via waxy]
posted by mathowie on Aug 2, 2006 - 39 comments

Ask Guardianfilter

Notes & Queries - questions that only fools and geniuses would dream of.
posted by Gyan on May 13, 2005 - 19 comments

Bear and Cat

Bear Line up strings of coloured rolling thingies, using Bear's squirty submarine doodad [Flash][cute]
posted by carter on Feb 4, 2005 - 22 comments

Procrastination Happens

Animation on Procrastination ... Here's an excellent, fun animation on the procrastinator in most of us. I would have posted it sooner, but ... well, procrastination happens.
posted by nathanrudy on Jan 2, 2005 - 9 comments

Procrastination Research Group

I've been meaning to post this for the longest time.
posted by staggernation on Nov 15, 2003 - 23 comments

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