Monday, September 24, 2007

The cost of procrastination

I should really re-read what I am about as often as I possibly can.

There is almost never a downside to doing things ahead of schedule. You only miss the boat when you procrastinate.

Why ever wait till the last day to accomplish a task with a deadline? I routinely ignore this bit of common sense because I work well under pressure. To be honest though, I don't even know if my work under pressure is better because I never get it done ahead of schedule anyway, so I have no basis for comparison.

That's one way to stay organized isn't it? Just do everything the first chance you get. Your to-do list will be almost non-existent.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Anonymity: Easier to lie. Easier to tell the truth.

Apparently it's Truth Week on On Happiness, as I stumbled across this article.

It's a short article, but I'll summarize it anyway. After chatting online anonymously about their separate marriage troubles, a man and a woman met for a secret date, only to discover that the person they had been chatting with all along was their current spouse. "new">Jimmy Buffet would be proud.

Except these two are getting divorced.

The saddest part of the story to me is not that they're getting divorced, it's that it sounds like the marriage could have been better all along:
I still find it hard to believe that Sweetie (her screen name), who wrote such wonderful things, is actually the same woman I married and who has not said a nice word to me for years

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Radical Honesty

Last September, I wrote this post about what it would be like if people could be honest all the time. This morning, I just stumbled across this Esquire article about Radical Honesty. It is truly a fascinating and thought provoking article that everyone should read.

After meeting Brad Blanton, the founder of the movement, the writer takes us on a wild ride ranging from: cutting off his wife in the middle of boring stories, to telling one of his good friends that he fantasizes about his wife, and other moments of shocking honesty.

It all sounds crazy at first, and then somehow, it doesn't.

Let's put it this way, I thought I was a pretty honest guy, but this takes things to a whole new level.

In the spirit of the article, I'll give you this disclosure: Sometimes my job as a real estate agent feels like nothing more than a 'cover'. I can sit around all day doing nothing, but at least I can tell my friends and family that I have a job.

Oh yeah, and there are other jobs that fit into that category as well. Try: professional poker player. Try: student.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The wisdom of Jerry Seinfeld

Sorry I have been absent for a while (I was on a technology free vacation, yay!). Have no fear, back on track now.

I just read an interesting article that describes a motivation/momentum technique used by a man more often revered for his mastery of nothing, Jerry Seinfeld. I've wrote about momentum before, but I like this simple approach (you get a big yearly calendar, and put a big red X on each day that you accomplish one of your tasks. The goal is to keep it going as a chain...don't miss a day!).

Like everything else in life, there's no time like the present to start, and by god, the list of important things I've been putting off is getting pretty long. It's very subtle, but I'm pretty sure it's always there, in the back of my mind, endlessly nagging me.