Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated. Covey quadrants - Q1 & Q3: urgent, Q1 & Q2: important
AXSet up planner--muse project (muse)
BXGet planner-goto-today to work properly with muse (muse)


1. About procrastination

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From http://www.dictionary.com :

(v. intr.) To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
(v. tr.) To postpone or delay needlessly.
Procrastination might not be the best word to advertise so prominently on the wikiblog of personal information management software maintainer, what with all its negative connotations. After all, don't we want software to help us be more productive, not less?

So what's with planned procrastination, anyway? I renamed my blog from the informative-but-boring "sacha chua - wiki" to the huh?-and-slightly-less-boring "planned procrastination" on a whim. I wanted to mention some kind of planning, but I didn't want to project myself as some kind of productivity guru. At least, not yet.

Besides, what's wrong with the word "procrastination"? I joke about PlannerMode being the best procrastination tool I've ever used. When I think about it, though, that's why I like it so much. Planner doesn't force a particular way of thinking on me. It doesn't bury me under a list of urgent TODOs that must! be! done! today! Planner simply lets me get things out of my head so that I can rest assured knowing that things I plan to do someday won't slip through the cracks of my memory.

Sure, a lot of self-help books tell you to stop procrastinating and do things now. I might be one of the rare people not bothered by the idea that I procrastinate. I keep ideas simmering on the backburner, ready for lazy afternoons or moments of inspiration in the bath. My procrastination is a gleeful exercise of power over my life, making space for other unplanned things. I don't mind putting things off until tomorrow if there are unexpectedly wonderful things going on today. =)

Note that this doesn't mean I'll put off doing things until the absolute last minute. In fact, I enjoy doing things with time limits as soon as I can, and I often submitted programming assignments soon after they were given. I once majorly freaked out when one of my group projects was delayed not because of my part (which I had finished weeks before) but because the other group members hadn't even started on their documentation until the day before (or something like that)...

For me, procrastination is simply the ability to choose what I'd like to work on today, knowing that I can work on other things tomorrow or the next day or the day after that. It's not perfect, but it does give me a happy feeling about how much I accomplish each day and excitement about what I'm going to do tomorrow.

I'm looking for a stronger title. "productively procrastinating"? "structured procrastination"? Something that doesn't mention procrastinating but still manages to express this idea? =) Any suggestions?

この猫はネズミを追いかけない。 This cat doesn't chase rats.

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2. Chat with Sean

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I finally managed to have dinner with Sean earlier. It turns out he wasn't avoiding me (heaven forbid). He had just been just buried under work, having recently had his workday extended by an hour or so. Dinner out was a welcome break for him, and we spent a few hours leisurely chatting over soup and pasta at Almon Marina. I showed him my feeble attempts at sketching and he gave me a few tips on facial expressions. We chatted about movies and retrogaming, too. (No, we didn't mention the weather at all.)

We headed over to Bizu for dessert, where we ran into Aaron--an old college friend I hadn't seen in ages. It was a lot of fun chatting with Aaron, and it looks like business is treating him very well despite the demanding schedule. He juggles and is looking forward to our show. =) As for me--the low-sugar chocolates and the positively decadent chocolate souffle sent me into seventh heaven. I can't recommend that place enough.

The evening was great fun, and I look forward to meeting Sean and our other friends soon. It's funny... I really _do_ think meeting some people would be more interesting than watching TV--or maybe even working with the computer. Oooh, my hidden extrovert is showing... ;)

イヌとは対照的に、ネコはごく最近になって飼い慣らされたものである。 In contrast to the dog, the cat has become domesticated only in recent times.

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