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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - Megan McArdle

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - Megan McArdle
Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator. In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times, made and discarded multiple grocery lists, conducted a lengthy Twitter battle over whether the gold standard is actually the worst economic policy ever proposed, written Facebook messages to schoolmates I haven’t seen in at least a decade, invented a delicious new recipe for chocolate berry protein smoothies, and googled my own name several times to make sure that I have at least once written something that someone would actually want to read. Lots of people procrastinate, of course, but for writers it is a peculiarly common occupational hazard. One book editor I talked to fondly reminisced about the first book she was assigned to work on, back in the late 1990s. It had gone under contract in 1972. I once asked a talented and fairly famous colleague how he managed to regularly produce such highly regarded 8,000 word features. “Exactly!” Related:  Procrastination, efficacité personnelle, organisationFear and Loathing at the Keyboard

5 techniques pour vous motiver | Les Outils du Mentaliste Ca vous arrive d’avoir un petit coup de blues ? Ces moments où vous n’avez qu’une envie : Celle d’avoir atteint tous vos objectifs. Ces moments où vous avez un coup de blouse, la flemme. Alors que si vous voulez atteindre vos rêves, si vous voulez les vivre, il n’existe qu’un seul moyen : Passez à l’action ! Voilà la liste des 5 techniques que j’utilise dés que j’ai la flemme pour passer à l’action ! 1. A chacun ses goûts ! J’aime particulièrement 2 musiques David Guetta feat Rihanna – Who’s that chick et The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling. 2. Vous savez tous comment faire avancer un âne ? Et bien, vous pouvez faire pareil, sur vous même ! Le principe est de vous accorder une récompense dés que vous finissez quelque chose. Après, vous pouvez aussi vous accorder une punition, personnellement, j’ai horreur de ça. 3. Utilisez la technique de visualisation pour prendre conscience de comment sera votre vie quand vous aurez atteint vos objectifs. 4. 5. C’est ma technique préférée.

5 Successful Authors On How They Overcame Creative Blocks To Write Their First Book The best books seem to have an effortlessness to their writing, as though each word has been set down just where it needs to be. Nowhere on the page is the agonizing, writing, rewriting, not writing of getting it done visible. "Writing a long novel is like survival training," Haruki Murakami has said. "Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity." And rarely does it come out right the first time around. All too often, there comes a point in a creative project when your progress seems to hit a wall—when the idea of ever finishing feels nearly impossible. I spoke with five writers who recently finished their first book about how they dealt with such moments in their own work and what they did to overcome these creative blocks. "Creating a community reminded me why we write." Julia Fierro graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop and wrote her first novel in seven months. "You do the work when you're not in front of it." "Enter your story in a different way."

How running 'may preserve thinking skills' 2 April 2014Last updated at 19:55 ET By Helen Briggs BBC News Exercise is good for the brain as well as the heart Aerobic exercise in your 20s may protect the brain in middle age, according to a US study. Activities that maintain cardio fitness - such as running, swimming and cycling - led to better thinking skills and memory 20 years on. Scientists say the research, reported in Neurology, adds to evidence the brain benefits from good heart health. Cardio fitness is a measure of how well the body absorbs oxygen during exercise and transports it to the muscles. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, tested almost 3,000 healthy people with an average age of 25. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote This is one more important study that should remind young adults of the brain health benefits of cardio fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking or cardio fitness classes” End QuoteDr David JacobsUniversity of Minnesota, Minneapolis Total fitness

176, Amy Hempel Amy Hempel does not enjoy interviews. She quotes her friend Patty Marx: “I’m not good at small talk; I’m not good at big talk; and medium talk just doesn’t come up.” Talking about the self is both unseemly and unnerving, she feels, and dissecting her own deliberate process of composition through, in her words, “pointy-headed questions,” tends to provoke her exasperation. This makes for an elusive interview. However, over a humid June weekend at her home last year, Hempel behaved as a polite and gracious host who pointed out the sights and chatted about movies, politics, and theories of pet care, but nonetheless wanted very much to be doing all of it away from the tape recorder. Born in 1951, Hempel grew up in Chicago and Denver before moving at sixteen to California, the inspiration for what would eventually become the extraordinary, unreal setting for her earliest fiction. Oh, I have a form of that, I’d say. What were you reading back then? I can’t remember much of it. No, no. Right.

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus - Luba Vangelova The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then multiplication and division. The computational set expands to include bigger and bigger numbers, and at some point, fractions enter the picture, too. Then in early adolescence, students are introduced to patterns of numbers and letters, in the entirely new subject of algebra. But this progression actually “has nothing to do with how people think, how children grow and learn, or how mathematics is built,” says pioneering math educator and curriculum designer Maria Droujkova. The current sequence is merely an entrenched historical accident that strips much of the fun out of what she describes as the “playful universe” of mathematics, with its more than 60 top-level disciplines, and its manifestations in everything from weaving to building, nature, music and art. This turns many children off to math from an early age.

6 lois à connaître pour mieux organiser son temps de travail Nous avons beau rédiger nos planning en heures de travail, nous sommes forcés de constater qu’une heure de travail ne ressemble pas à une autre. Outre la nature de l’activité, plusieurs facteurs entrent en jeu : le stress, le plaisir, l’apprentissage, l’enrichissement personnel que l’on en tire, le niveau d’énergie, la frustration ou l’insatisfaction. En fait ce n’est pas tant la quantité de temps passée qui compte mais sa qualité. Comment s’organiser de façon à tirer le meilleur de chacune de nos heures de travail? 1. En 1949, Edouard A. Depuis, cette loi est généralement exprimée par : “si quelque chose peut mal tourner, alors cette chose finira infailliblement par mal tourner”. 2. En 1951, Sune Carlson constata dans une étude sur le travail des managers qu’ils étaient interrompus en moyenne toutes les vingt minutes. Il en tira la loi des séquences homogènes, selon laquelle “une tâche effectuée en continu demande moins de temps et d’énergie qu’une tâche réalisée en plusieurs fois”.

How to Shut Up Your Inner It can strike while you’re working on any piece, anytime, anywhere. You’re writing along like butter, and suddenly a stomach-wrenching jolt slams you up against a concrete wall. That thunderous voice in your head rebukes: “THAT’S THE WORST, MOST HORRIBLE, STUPID PHRASE SINCE . . . .” And you’re paralyzed. This guest post is by Noelle Sterne, author, editor, writing coach, and spiritual counselor. She has published more than 300 pieces in print and online venues, including Author Magazine, Fiction Southeast, Funds for Writers, Children’s Book Insider, Inspire Me Today, Pen & Prosper, Romance Writers Report, Transformation Magazine, Unity Magazine, Women in Higher Education, Women on Writing, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. Take heart. Like all of us writers, I’ve experienced this forbidding voice many times. When I first heard the inner editor’s deafening, dismissive voice, it stopped me cold. I longed for a savior on a white Ipad. Why? How? I mope around like an orphan . . .

Meikkimaisteri Kun istuutuu Annina Nyholmin, 24, viereen Unicafen pöytään, tulee osaksi häntä ympäröivää makean hedelmäistä tuoksupilveä. Hän on huoliteltu nainen: ripsissä on piden­nykset, ranteessa muodikas suurikokoinen ran­nekello ja hiuksissa tuore leikkaus. ”En kylve kosmetiikassa tai paklaa itseäni päästä varpaisiin, vaikka olen kauneudenhoito­alan ihminen”, Nyholm sanoo. Hän sanoo laittautuvansa aamuisin kuten muutkin suomalaiset naiset, nopeasti. Nyholm kuitenkin eroaa naapuripöytien opiskelijatytöistä siinä, että tietää, mitkä hänen sävyttävän päivävoiteensa 30 eri ainesosaa ovat. Ainesosat tulivat tutuksi ammattikorkea­koulussa, jossa Nyholm on opiskellut este­nomiksi, siis kauneudenhoitoalan asiantuntijak­si. ”Epäluuloisuus luonnontieteitä kohtaa ka­risi, kun laboratoriossa pistettiin purkki pöy­tään ja alettiin opiskella, mitä siellä on. Kiinnosti niin paljon, että siinä vaiheessa kun hän sai käteensä estenomin paperit, Ny­holmilla oli jo opiskelupaikka Helsingin yliopis­tosta.

Ira Glass Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World IN THE SUMMER of 1995, a young graduate student in anthropology at UCLA named Joe Henrich traveled to Peru to carry out some fieldwork among the Machiguenga, an indigenous people who live north of Machu Picchu in the Amazon basin. The Machiguenga had traditionally been horticulturalists who lived in single-family, thatch-roofed houses in small hamlets composed of clusters of extended families. For sustenance, they relied on local game and produce from small-scale farming. While the setting was fairly typical for an anthropologist, Henrich’s research was not. The test that Henrich introduced to the Machiguenga was called the ultimatum game. Among the Machiguenga, word quickly spread of the young, square-jawed visitor from America giving away money. When he began to run the game it became immediately clear that Machiguengan behavior was dramatically different from that of the average North American. The potential implications of the unexpected results were quickly apparent to Henrich.

♥ Manque de volonté et procrastination, voici les raisons et les solutions Vous avez du mal à tenir vos résolutions ? Vous avez des envies, des inclinaisons mais vous avez du mal à les mettre en pratique ? Vous vous demandez si vous manquez de volonté ? 88% d’entre nous sont dans ce cas. Je ne vais sûrement pas vous culpabiliser, certes non, je suis humaine, comme vous. Je cherche à comprendre et trouver des solutions accessibles. Comme nous nous jugeons facilement, nous aurions tendance à voir dans notre attitude un manque chronique de volonté. Les tentations comestibles en premier lieu, sont omniprésentes et n’est pas toujours aisé de résister à toutes ces saveurs, aussi toxiques soient-elles. Ce n’est pas que nous manquions de volonté, mais plutôt que, d'une part nous ne l’utilisons pas à bon escient, ou dans les bons domaines ou aux bons moments et nous n’avons pas forcément l’opportunité de la mettre à l’épreuve de la bonne façon et nous en demandons trop à notre volonté dans le contexte dans lequel nous vivons actuellement. La procrastination est un fléau

Start Your Novel Already! | Writer Kris Noel I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding people having apprehensions about beginning their novel. They’re afraid they’re not ready or they haven’t planned enough or their idea isn’t good enough. While these are all valid concerns, sometimes you need to through your apprehensions out the window. We all know that one person who’s always talking about the novel they plan to write. I came up with a few reasons why you should stop procrastinating and start your novel already— • Things might become clearer once you begin writing. • Not everything has to be planned out. • You’ll officially become a writer and have bragging rights. • You’re good enough. So, stop being that person who’s constantly talking about writing a novel, but never actually does it. -Kris Noel