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The Ugliest 8.2 Hours Per Night You'll See...

So, I record my time tracking by hand, and later I sum it up and divide it out by hand.

It takes me about an hour a week. I regularly get the suggestion that I should get it into a spreadsheet or an application to cut that time down.

No way.

By doing it by hand, relatively slowly, I'm forced to turn the implications over in my mind of the numbers.

For instance, I slept 8.2 hours on average over the last 13 days.


On Huan M. Nguyen

For as long as I can remember, I've struggled with procrastination.

Sometimes, it's easy to spot. The book is open on my desk and the notebook and pencil are laying right there, but the TV is on and blaring the sounds of Kingdom Hearts or Midnight Club or Ratchet & Clank, or the speakers on my computer are blasting music while I pull out a snack and then just like this run-on sentence, I've been constantly doing something, and nothing productive.

Other times, it's more insidious. One of the biggest forms of procrastination I engage in is what I call 'procrastimizing'.

Rather than getting stuff done, I fuss over cleaning my room, cleaning the apartment, cleaning in general. I do laundry, I reorganize my desk. Then I start brooding about if my organizational setup is optimal, so I start doing research about others' systems of organization and task-completion, from GTD to having a specific notebook setup.

Rather than working out, I wring my mental hands over whether my routine is optimal, how long I can stick with it for (hint: long enough that I don't need to worry about it when starting), what exact times I need to eat.

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