All posts filed under ‘Idleness

Link: Relax! You’ll Be More Productive

In order to be more productive, I decided to relax and let Tony Schwarz write this article for me: In most workplaces, rewards still accrue to those who push the hardest and most continuously over time. But that doesn’t mean they’re the most productive. This is essential reading. Lots of studies pointing to the advantages […]

Action Bias

Wikipedia on social desirability bias: Social desirability bias is the tendency of respondents to answer questions in a manner that will be viewed favorably by others. It can take the form of over-reporting good behavior or under-reporting bad behavior. The tendency poses a serious problem with conducting research with self-reports, especially questionnaires. This bias interferes […]

Out of the Headlights

I got some interesting reader comments by email for last week’s post, Deer in Headlights. One common objection was: “But it’s not my fault!” Of course it’s not. At least not exclusively. Deer in headlights isn’t just a hart problem. It’s a hard problem. And it’s also a herd problem, from all I can tell:1 […]

The Nothing Alternative

Raymond Chandler had an interesting approach to getting things done. In his case: Getting things written. Here’s what he said, according to Roy Baumeister and John Tierney in their book, Willpower:1 Chandler had his own system for turning out The Big Sleep and other classic detective stories. “Me, I wait for inspiration,” he said, but […]