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Could Obsessive Research Be the Cure for Procrastination?

Could Obsessive Research Be the Cure for Procrastination?
There’s a lot of ways to procrastinate. Extra pushes of the snooze button, the final cram session before an exam, waiting until midlife to pick a career. Maybe you’re procrastinating right now. I used to believe most of this was just inertia. Now I’m not so sure. Consider chronic procrastination. But if action isn’t the cure for procrastination, what is? “Just Do It” Culture and Distaste for Planning We live in a culture that has taken Nike’s famous slogan to heart. The slogan has some merit, doing things is how things get done (even if tautologically so). By putting all the emphasis on momentum, however, we might ignore other more fruitful approaches. Conversations with fellow blogger Cal Newport clued me in on this possibility. Obsessive Research (Or How Not to Procrastinate on Hard Things) Analysis paralysis was a buzzword of a self-help era with audio cassettes and three-day seminars. Research isn’t pondering. Research like this has a major advantage over actually doing the project. Related:  Research Process

Att formulera en forskningsfråga | Undersökningsguiden Att formulera en forskningsfråga till en uppsats är inte lätt gjort. Samtidigt är det denna fråga som du skall lägga allt arbete för att kunna besvara i din uppsats och det gäller därför att den blir bra. Här ger vi några tips på vad du bör tänka på när du skall formulera en forskningsfråga. Först och främst är det viktigt att hitta ett ämne som är så pass intressant, både på ett generellt plan och för dig personligen, att du kommer kunna hålla uppe intresset och engagemanget genom hela uppsatsarbetet. Försök därför att hitta ett tema eller område som du tycker är intressant och fundera över vad för olika frågeställningar inom det området. När man skriver en uppsats på kandidatnivå har man sällan resurserna för att kunna hitta dra några radikala slutsatser kring större frågor. När du kartlägger området kring din fråga bör du också få en god uppfattning om dina förutsättningar att besvara frågan. När du vet vad du vill skriva om ska du formulera en fråga som: En bra fråga: En dålig fråga:

Key Elements of the Research Proposal Do you know that the key element of your research proposal will be its methodology section? Imagine this: You are competing with several other organizations for grant money to conduct an investigation into a new treatment for cancer. You will need to convince the grant foundation that their money will be well spent, and that you will manage this investigation well. How can they believe that you will produce results if you do not tell them about the methods you intend to use in order to assess and study your research and data? Will you conduct experiments, or will you study existing groups of individuals? Will you collect numerical data or anecdotes? In this section you will review different approaches, designs, procedures, and methods for investigating your area of research. Design Approach The overall design of a research project consists of its methods and procedures. Return to Procedure or Methodology Type of Design Used What are the main types of qualitative approaches to research? A.

Procrastination hack: '(10+2)*5' Following on the idea of the procrastination dash and Jeff’s progressive dash, I’ve been experimenting with a squirelly new system to pound through my procrastinated to-do list. Brace yourself, because it is a bit more byzantine than is Merlin 2005’s newly stripped-down habit. It’s called (10+2)*5, and today it will save your ass. Who it’s for procrastinatorsthe easily distractedcompulsive web-surferspeople with a long list of very short tasks (a/k/a “mosquitos”) people having trouble chipping away at very large tasks What you’ll need a timermust be easy to resetelectronic kitchen timer is particularly good (pref. with multiple alarm memories), oran app like Minuteur (get the newest version—several cool new features)a reduced subset of your to-do list tasks that can be worked on (not necessarily completed) in blocks of 10 minutes or lessGTD people: next actions only, pleasean hour of your time (less is potentially okay, but it’s non-canonical)your sorry, procrastinating ass How it works

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25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before. 1. This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. 2. Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course? 3. Guitar is one of the few instruments out there that’s actually pretty easy to learn if you’re a little older, making it one of the most accessible instruments. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

Self-Imposed Deadlines Don't Stop Procrastination. Here's What Might. Mark Twain advised people never to put off until tomorrow what they can put off until the day after, and a lot of us listen. Estimates suggest that 15% to 20% of all people are chronic procrastinators, and that share goes up for situational delay: As one example, four in five people put off retirement savings despite knowing better. Then there are the innumerable office procrastinators, many identifiable by the mere fact that they're reading this article. The devious thing about procrastination is that while we tend to shrug or laugh it off as part of the work process, evidence suggests it's far from harmless. That puts strategies to counter procrastination at a premium. Some early research found that imposing a deadline might at least be better than waiting until the last minute. A recent attempt to replicate that experiment found even less reason for hope. Why the difference? "They think the deadline is helpful because it makes them do it," Bisin tells Co.Design. How should a 24-year-old invest time? I feel guilty... So, I wake up this morning and find myself feeling guilty... oops what did I do??? Guilt is one of those dissonant energies that are widely promoted by the popular media, religion and cultural and social programs. BIIIG TIME. Why? because it lowers our vibration and sucks us into the victim/aggressor cycle. My first thought was, "what did I do that's so bad to wake me up with buckets of guilt?" When I was a young kid, at some point I decided I wanted to experience life as a regular human being experiences it. One of the first acts I did as a kid, when I was able to "experience" being human, was to remove a personal guilt by removing the memory of what I had done/experienced from my mind. Some decades later, the usefulness of "living like a human being" died off, and I stepped into my natural self once more, but with several programs still in place from the years of "being human". I deleted the article. I thought, maybe I'm feeling someone else's guilt? Bingo! Then I got it. No tags.

The Secret to Creativity, Intelligence, and Scientific Thinking: Being Able to Make Connections When we shared this image from the @buffer Twitter account a while back, it got me thinking. The Tweet resulted in over 1,000 retweets, which seems like an indication that it resonated with a lot of people. There’s a key difference between knowledge and experience and it’s best described like this: The original is from cartoonist Hugh MacLeod, who came up with such a brilliant way to express a concept that’s often not that easy to grasp. The image makes a clear point—that knowledge alone is not useful unless we can make connections between what we know. Lots of great writers, artists and scientists have talked about the importance of collecting ideas and bits of knowledge from the world around us, and making connections between those dots to fuel creative thinking and new ideas. This is a really fun, inspiring topic to read about, so I collected some quotes and advice from my favorite creative thinkers about the importance of making connections in your brain. It starts off like this: 1.

Productivity: 7 things to stop doing How To Stop Overthinking – 9 Simple Habits What is holding people back from the life that they truly want to live? I’d say that one very common and destructive thing is that they think too much. They overthink every little problem until it becomes bigger and scarier and it actually is. Or overanalyze and deconstruct things and so the happiness that comes from just enjoying something in the moment disappears. Now, thinking things through can be a great thing of course. I know. But in the past 8 years or so I have learned how to make this issue so small that it very rarely pops up anymore. In this article I would like to share 9 habits that have helped me in a big, big way to become a simpler and smarter thinker and to live a happier and less fearful life. 1. It is very easy to fall into the trap of overthinking minor things in life. So when you are thinking and thinking about something ask yourself: Will this matter in 5 years? 2. Here’s what have worked for me. 3. 4. So stop trying to control everything. 5. 6. 7. 8. Slow down. 9.