Declan Molony

Addicted to curiosity.

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yet another 2x2

The examples you chose for this 2x2 made me laugh, thanks!

I concur. The crux, for me, is whether or not I want to do the particular task. 

If I want to do the task, say writing, but I'm not feeling motivated, then enough time being bored will eventually create for me the conditions to be more interested in writing than in staying bored.

If I do not want to do the task, say my taxes, then boredom or doing nothing may actually be preferable. In this case, boredom is not a sufficient motivator and I need to cognitively reframe how I'm thinking of the task and how to approach it. I wrote about this in a previous post, Facts vs Interpretations—An Exercise in Cognitive Reframing. Bludgeoning myself with normative "shoulds/oughts" is, in my opinion, a subpar coping mechanism compared to reframing my thoughts to better align with the task so that I'll want to do it.

The snake shrugged

My imagination is not creative enough to envision how this can occur when a snake has neither a neck or arms...

I don't think this was intended to be funny, but I laughed anyway.

I completely recommend performing a lot of obstructive behavior and misunderstanding basic instructions.

Reminds me of this video of a parent trying to follow his kids' instructions on how to build a peanut butter jelly sandwich.

Reminds me Parkinson's Law, which states work expands to fill the time given to complete it. So if at your job you create an improvement that improves efficiency and decreases your workload by 50%, your employer's "reward" for you is to fill that time with more work.

Entrepreneur Naval Ravikant has said previously that one of his favorite employees was this one guy who was more productive than all other employees while only doing 2 hours of work per day. The rest of his 8-hour work day (6 hours) was spent watching cricket matches. 

Naval had to tell managers to leave that hyper-productive employee alone because they constantly wanted to fill his day with more work to do. Those managers failed to realize that if the productive employee was forced to work (or pretend to look busy) for a full 8 hours, that he might get burned out and quit.

I see the point all of you are making, thank you. I agree that a last name muddies things--I deleted it from the post.

Have fun with it! Let me know the results if you try it.

Your homeless person or professor story made me think of my uncle. He lives in his car, by choice. 

He has a computer science degree and worked for a lot of top technology companies in the 80s and 90s. Eventually his disdain for the employee lifestyle inspired him to try his hand at the entrepreneurial route. Turns out he's neither a good employee, nor a good entrepreneur. After a couple bad start-ups, he went broke.  

On two separate occasions during my childhood he stayed with my family in our home (with the precondition that he maintains employment somewhere). It lasted...for a while. But he grew bored. He prefers to live in his car and read books in the library than work "for the man".

I see him once a year on Thanksgiving now. Last year we talked about particle physics and blackholes.

I sometimes feel the pressure of making a first draft of a short article perfect (or at least really good). But historically that's never been the case. My first drafts are usually dumpster fires thrown into bigger dumpster fires.

The way I'm able to approach writing a first draft is through using two mental tricks. (1) I pretend it's just another journal entry I'm writing---that takes the pressure off and I don't take myself too seriously. (2) I recognize that the majority of what I write in a first draft never makes it to the final draft. The first draft is merely an exercise in structured thinking. The refinement comes later through editing.

It's probably in part generational, with younger people more influenced by this tech culture. One of my inspirations to write this post was this other LW post: Notifications Received in 30 Minutes of Class.

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