I'm going to start working out and eating right, I just need to read all these websites on training & nutrition first.
I'm going to work on my coding project, I just need to close down all these tabs first.
I'm going to call my dad more, I just need less stress in my life first.
I'm going to approach more women, I just need to read more about inner game first.
I'm going to study for my exam, I just need to reorganize my desk first.
By putting Y before X, we are stalling and not getting momentum. There are some cases where preparatory action is actually warranted, but most situations aren't like that.
What would happen if we turned these around?
I'm going to start working out and eating right, and I will do research as I get more momentum.
I'm going to work on my coding project now, and then I can read Reddit in the glow of victory.
I'm going to call my dad right now, and that will make it more likely that I call him again tomorrow regardless of my stress level.
I'm going to say something to a girl, and that will give me reference experiences that I can hook up to inner game theory later.
I'm going to study for my exam right now, my desk won't bother me nearly as much after I get through some pages.
We get momentum, AND whatever was bothering us will seem easier. All it takes is a few minutes of mild pain as we force our brain to focus.
Oh btw, here's a crazy thought: what if all those evasive "I have to do this first" actions are actually a form of cognitive pica? What if your mind is telling you to do Y but what it really wants is for you to do X. Think about it...
What's cyclothymia? It's a mild form of the docs used to call "manic-depression," but which they re-name periodically. Cyclothymics can actually function decently well, and as such often don't know they've got it. If you cycle through highs and lows, are particularly artistic, or that describes someone you love, then read this post in full and please comment with your own experience. I'm still learning, myself.
AN INTRODUCTION TO CYCLOTHYMIA
Knowing the term "Cyclothymia" would have been very helpful to me a few years ago. This essay is plain English and, if I've done a good job, might help people who associate with a cyclothymic relate better to them, and might help a cyclothymic manage themselves better and produce better.
I'm against the "medical-ization" of life. We need medical terms, but we need to be able to explain things in plain English without labeling. Labeling, by definition, drastically simplifies.
Cyclothymia is simple at its roots, simple enough for a plain discussion without medicalization. Here's how it works for me -
Coding since he was eight years old, Robert Shultz is a programmer and game developer with over twenty years of experience. After working at Adelphia and Black Duck Software, he is now self-employed and working on personal projects. His biggest success is World of Solitaire, a solitaire site released in 2007 that is playable within the browser. It has over forty variants of solitaire and over 1.5 million monthly visits. He also developed World of Card Games before handing it off to a friend. Ludic Ubiquity caught up with him while he was tinkering with his latest game ideas.
Here is the PDF version of the interview:
Robert Shultz Interview
Ludic Ubiquity: How early would you say you became involved in programming/game development?