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May 19th, 2005
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Wow, I'm tired. Work is going moderately well though. Why do I need crisis to spur me into action?* Also I have too much to think about at once, what with lots going on at work, the pre-hen-party-party coming up this weekend, and the IVFDF advert deadlines approaching from all sides. Thankfully numberland** has been bullied volunteered to help me out with the advert itself, as I have all the artistic talent of a small squid. Thank heaven for friends.

*I think my approach to life is summed up by my approach to cross country. I would sprint until my head was pounding with adrenaline and I could barely breath, overtaking people all the time, and then I would walk leasurely, until enough people had jogged past me that I felt urged on to sprint again. It drove my PE teacher insane, as it was completely the Wrong Way To Do It. And I kept beating all the people who were doing it properly (18th out of 140 :^) )

** Yes, she has joined the growing legions of people with LJs...

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From:feanelwa
Date:May 19th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
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See, I used to do that as well when I was meant to be running a long way. Some people are just built to be sprinters.
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From:robert_jones
Date:May 19th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
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But I venture to suggest that several of the 140 were not giving it their all.
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From:fanf
Date:May 19th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
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http://www-csli.stanford.edu/~john/procrastination.html

It's normal for creative people to work in spurts. See also "How to be idle"
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:May 20th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
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At this point you may be asking, "How about the important tasks at the top of the list, that one never does?" Admittedly, there is a potential problem here.

LOL. That was great. It's exactly how I've observed it, but I quit trying his solution before being quite deceptive enough...
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From:dunkyb
Date:May 19th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I used to use a very similar tactic until I found someone decent to train me. Used to run for SAS, got 2nd in the school X-Country on the standard stagered start the Coach used.
Whats more annoying is that I would have maintained this fitness apart from leaving for the middle east. There was soemthing nice about being part of the Cross-Country team that was "Best in the Nothern Hemisphere". OTOH, my leg joints are still destroyed from running 50km a week when I was 13 with spikes on hard ground.
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From:mair_aw
Date:May 19th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
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*all* the people who were doing it properly? were the first 17 doing it wrong too?
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From:deborah_c
Date:May 20th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
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I tend to do the same - crises provoke me into bouts of extreme energy for work. At least, they do until I work out that a deadline is actually unmeetable, at which point I tend to panic, hide for a couple of hours and emerge to check whether the situation has improved, and repeat until the deadline is missed...

Enjoy the party, and have a good relax over the weekend, at least!
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From:pavanne
Date:May 20th, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
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I have the opposite technique. I generally came 2nd or 3rd in the interschools cross country (I actually trained, significantly), but I suck at last-minute revision/ proofreading because I feel it's too late for work to have much effect on anything.

Your method clearly achieves more, but I venture to suggest mine is less stressful ;)
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