Procrastination: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly. #TaskChat Recap 9/27/11

The Twitter #TaskChat on procrastination this past Tuesday, Sept 27th was a raging success! The party was jamming well past the 1-hour mark! Everyone’s still talking about what a blast they had while exchanging humorous tid-bits on instances they procrastinated, and why they did so.
Here are all the questions that were asked, followed by entertaining collections of groupings of answers:

1) Which aspect of your life do you procrastinate on most?
 
@LeslieAJoy: I’ll procrastinate work with household chores.
@ABurgerADay: So does my wife! 
@Bydahway: I procrastinate on putting away folded laundry.
I also am told regularly that i procrastinate on settin aside time for myself- one day i’ll get to it
@Aaronrcouch I just realized my laundry is still in the wash from this morning but I’m currently in a Skype call

@aaronrcouch: What’s the difference between “forgetting” and “procrastination”?
@LeslieAJoy: HAHAHAHAHA. Forgetting is well, forgetting. Procrastinating you remember, but put it off. 
And “accidentally-on-purpose forgetting” is a hybrid of the two.
@RealSecurity: Forgetting is just forgetting. Procrastination is putting things off.
2) Are your tasks too boring, or are you THAT sure of yourself that you will get them done when procrastinating?

@Bydahway: I’ve had experiences with both. But usually if its boring I just want to get it over and d one with.
@Tushark:  neither. I’m taking a big risk by procrastinating. If it’s not imp, it isn’t worth procrastinating!
@Cygnoir: I am overconfident, sadly.
@RebeccaH83: I procrastinate at anything data-entry based…but only if I KNOW it can wait. 
@LeslieAJoy: Neither. I’m just really easily distracted. My procrastionation tends not to be intentional.
@FarhanaRahman: How long on average would you say you tend to lapse away from tasks?
@LeslieAJoy: Anywhere b/t 15 minutes & 2 days. I’ve worked at keeping it down to a 30 minute avg though.
@ABurgerADay: The problem for me is that the tasks aren’t TV/movies or video games.

3) How often would you say procrastination benefited you? How exactly? 
@FarhanaRahman: It ised to help me out in college, because I ended up putting more effory into my work to cover procrastination.
@Bydahway: I used to for school projects and they usually ended up kickA$$ cuz i’d really throw myself into it 
@RebeccaH83: I never procrastinated on college course work. I was the one that had the paper written a week early.
@RebeccaH83: Hey! That’s just how I roll when it comes to papers/writing/ projects. I live to problem solve. 
@Bydahway: Procrastinated on ordering clothes online for my family & ended up w/ a 30% off discount code for the order!!!

@SilverSteelWolf: I wouldn’t call intentionally putting things off procrastination. 
@FarhanaRahman: Well what would you call it? 
@SilverSteelWolf: Postponing something?
@AskMarkHamilton: It made me realize that if you push things off long enough, they eventually become irrelevant enough to not do them
@SilverSteelWolf: Yes, that’s true. And it has burned me in the past, unfortunately.
@AskMarkHamilton: More importantly, it made me figure out what I could cut from my to-do list, and what made me suffer when I skipped it.
@LeslieAJoy: Same here!
@SilverSteelWolf: Ahh, that’s a good point. The stress of having things hovering over my head is something I always struggle with.

@AaronRCouch: a computer class I took bored me. I spent class time doing more advanced things then did all the work the last day it was due. 
@FarhanaRahman: How did that turn out?
@AaronRCouch: Aced the class!

4) Give an example of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ procrastination.

@SilverSteelWolf: Good: Intentionally moving a noncritical deadline to clear up time and mental energy for more important tasks.
@FarhanaRahman: Good: When you end up putting in more effort, no harm done. Bad- When it harms workload/colleagues/deadlines
@AskMarkHamilton: Bad- Anything that will cause disruption the next morning has to be done the night before. I have a routine! Good- Putting off stuff I know needs to get done to spend time with family :)
@Bydahway:  i agree-if its not critical & I’ll still have time til the deadline to get it done than family first 
@Cygnoir: I suppose ‘good’ procrastination can occur when you need more input to do something properly, vs. just doing it.
'Bad' procrastination occurs when you delay completion of tasks simply because they are tedious or discomforting
@LeslieAJoy: Good: Using procrastionation to ram through to-do list since you don’t want to do something on it. Bad: Fake breaks
@FarhanaRahman: I took countless fake breaks in college.

5)How are you (trying) to procrastinate less? 

@Cygnoir: Phone calls. I hate playing phone-tag! If I could handle everything via email, I would get so much more done.
@AaronRCouch: ditto. Email is way better IF its used correctly on both ends. But I do prefer phone for just talking 2 ppl Im close to.
@RebeccaH83: Oh, I completely agree! Email is the way to go 
@LeslieAJoy: I used to hate phone calls till I started working home. Now sometimes that’s the only voice I hear day
@AskMarkHamilton: there’s no single trick that works consistently every time to get myself to do things. mood changes from day to day, and sometimes you just don’t feel like doing stuff.@SilverSteelWolf: That’s the hardest thing to defeat. “Just not feeling like doing stuff.” 
@AskMarkHamilton:  it’s not always the hard to do tasks, but hard to start tasks as well. 

@RebeccaH83: I have to make lists. I start out every day with a list of what I need to work on.
@ABurgerADay: The best solution I can come up with, is to shun all technology and turn off the twitter. 
@SilverSteelWolf: That’s why I have @producteev!

 

Geek Rendezvous Game Night # 2

Attention old school gamers & geeks! We’re co-hosting our second Geek Rendezvous NYC meetup with Loosecubes next week. That’s Monday, October 10, 2011 7-9pm

Come hang & win! Geeks who attended the last rendezvous and played charades had an absolute blast. Twelve of them actually *won* something, and the next winner could be YOU!

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In it to win it

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Strategizing is serious business

Now if only our upcoming Game Night coincided with Comic-Con! That would make it even more awesome :D

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Artificial Intelligence School Implements #ProducteevEDU to Take Over the World

A team of students in the School of Computational Information Systems are thrilled to install and “get the ball rolling,” so to speak, with ProducteevEDU

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The institute is based in Col Fabriciano, Brazil, and the educational initiative provides free premium accounts for online task management to any individual associated with higher learning (students, faculty, staff).

The campus’ Laboratory of Computational Intelligence (LIC) now has students, volunteers, as well as a lab coordinator and teaching assistant managing tasks on the platform agnostic collaboration tool.

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"Producteev is simply great! Over the past several weeks, it has transformed the daily lives of students and helped to better facilitate teamwork and communication!" remarked Dr. Francisco Reinaldo, instructor of engineering, artificial intelligence and programming languages. “I’m really looking forward to Producteev making all LIC work processes better.” 

This semester marks only the beginning, as the school’s smooth transition to an online project solution makes everything from building complex algorithms to sophisticated software programs to even *bots* more manageable!

In a short amount of time, Producteev just might enable this determined set of students to take over the world!

3 Keys to Relationship #Productivity

The secret to flawlessly complete your tasks while in a clingy relationship, or even a clingy friendship, is to (secretly) treat it as a task!
Relationships are great for all the sunshine and butterflies that they offer. But in reality, they are quite up there on the Productivity Blocker Totem Pole. Have a look at the fun infographic below, and you will see that even long-distance relationships have proven to be major time-suckers since the invention of the telephone!

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Each of us has demands to give-in to, such as work, school, finances, family obligations, household duties, etc. A lot of these duties have little, to no room for error. But when you are faced with a partner or friend that is too clingy, too emotionally dependent, or just plain annoying at times while they are demanding more time with you- handle them as you do everything else! Schedule them in as tasks!
Tips on managing to give your partner/friend the time they crave:

Consistency: Schedule time to have small-talk with your partner/friend on a daily basis. Try to make it around the same time each day, so they know they have something to look forward to a little after lunch, or right before dinner, etc.
A Little Goes A Long Way: Carve time for coffee, or short breakfasts together- or even a simple phone call helps. For those addicted to texts, message with weekly greetings, or morning greetings saying “Hey! Have a great day!”

Weekly Evenings: Try to schedule one evening each week for a hot date. Even if it is brief, it is still something. While you’re at it, maybe you can let your partner choose what they would like to do each week for the hot date between a set time bracket. Or take turns planning it. It’s a win-win cause hey, you might get lucky. ;-)
Points to consider while prioritizing relationship-related tasks:

What is urgent and important?
What is not urgent and important?
What is urgent and not important?
What is not urgent and not important?
You can even let your partner in on prioritizing (if they won’t mind of course), and they may appreciate your efforts in trying to make it work.

Do you know of any apps that could help one out with relationships/friendships?
Sound off in the comments below, or tweet us and let us know what you think! 
This post is part of a new weekly series called “Productivity Blocker!”

 

Breaking: #gtd toddler spotted in Vancouver, demonstrates 4 Stages of GTD

Bobby Travis is a family man, a top notch blogger, and knows how to kick GTD’s ass.

In addition to potty training his his little one, he’s also taught her David Allen’s personal productivity techniques. Below are what I refer to as, The Four Stages of GTD Proficiency:

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initially settling upon the seemingly overwhelming methodology

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So far so good
coming to the realization that this GTD stuff’s not so bad 

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Practice makes perfect
reinforcing positive habits leads to growth each day

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I am the champion!!
thanks, Dad, for always believing in me & helping me succeed 

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Our special thanks to the Travis family for making productivity fun again :)

Staff Picks: Banish the Evil Forces and Get Things Done!

Producteev Helps you Make it Rain $$$ with your Side Job!

Things get pretty hectic when you’re a student that is struggling to balance course work on top of a side job. But with  Producteev for Education, you’re in luck! 
Step One: Create separate workspaces for your studies, and your job. 

You must must MUST designate a workspace exclusively to your job. It’s up to you if you would like a separate workspace for each of your classes, or just one for all classes. For the sake of organization, it would be most helpful if you can view all work-related matters in one glance. So if you’re using one workspace, organize projects/aspects of your life with labels. If you’re using several workspaces, the overview will show you all tasks across all workspaces.
Step Two: Plot, Prioritize, Organize Tasks

Let’s assume that you’re using one workspace for any side jobs. Labels will basically serve the purpose of colored tabs and organize your to-do list by category. 

Example Jobs:
Babysitting- Got a lotta clients with pesky kids? At least your workspace can stay neat! Assign a different colored label for each client. Or if if only have one or two clients, you can assign a color for each major task, such as yellow for picking kids up from school, blue to drop off for piano lessons, and red to help them with a school project.

Dog Walking- Same as above, you can assign a color for each client. Or you can assign different colored labels for different routes- purple for ‘around the block,’ orange for ‘through the park,’ and green for ‘past the arcade-where-the-cool-geeks-are.’
Step Three: Let Producteev Make Decisions Easier For You

Once you have tasks plotted and starred, take advantage of the ‘sort by’ feature to decide on what to check off next. You can sort by: deadline; date created; label; last changed; manager; priority; and title.

If you wanna geek out and learn about GTD (Getting Things Done) labels, see the following posts:

A Dating To-Do List: 12 Important Considerations on How to Flirt via @URwingman

Producteev can be used in all sorts of unexpected ways including - as soon to be described here - a to-do list on How to Flirt!

Don’t let your dating game lead to Game Over! Take it from Thomas Edwards, a successful, professional dating coach and satisfied Producteev user, and turn your night out into an awesome action plan.

Your absolute to-dos are simple:
Compliment

Tease

Touch

In greater detail, our advice goes a little something like this:
Compliment your date. But don’t just compliment them for the sake of complimenting. Only compliment when it’s detailed and specific. This gives your words more meaning and makes you more believable. For instance, you can compliment your date on his/her personal style. In addition, you can shower dates with intellectual compliments. Geeks out there - this may mean telling that special lady friend how cool/sick she is for using a hot new new geo-location app. Don’t hold back! Complimenting shows that you’re thoughtful and that you notice details. With first impressions, this matters!

Tease your date and show him/her your playful side! Think of that time you were 5-years old and on an elementary school playground. Teasing actually offsets your compliments and keeps your date in full anticipation. It also keeps excitement running high that evening. But play nice when teasing! Your goal should always be to make your date laugh/smile by sharing something silly or surprising. The last thing you’d want to happen is to embarrass them. When at a loss for bright ideas, casually throw in a “that’s what she said” into the mix. This could work for ladies, as well as gents. Just make sure your interjection makes sense in the stated context, wouldn’t want to toss innuendo that’s inappropriate for the current convo. ;)

Touch your date to reinforce complimenting and teasing. This will likely be the hardest aspect to do well. However, try to make touching a natural part of your interaction. Suggestions in case you’re struggling include: *accidentally* brushing against your date’s arm when handing him/her a beer, or placing your arm on his/her knee when talking and leaning in. Still unsure what this should look like? Pay attention and people watch in a crowded bar or other social situation, and if someone looks like they know what they’re doing, they probably are. Don’t be afraid to ask them, how do you do it?! They probably won’t bite (though we can’t really guarantee anything here!). The bottom line is, touching amplifies not only your connection but also intensifies interactions.

Recap of essential flirting to-dos:

  • Recognize your date for his/her style
  • Stroke their intellectual ego
  • Notice details OTHER THAN purely physical ones and say nice things about them
  • Make your date laugh/smile
  • Throw in one or two “that’s what she said(s)”
  • Find a natural way to touch your date’s arm or knee
  • Don’t be shy to ask pro’s for further advice
  • For personal assistance, enlist a wingman (like Thomas!)
  • Get your dating to-dos on Producteev, available on multiple platforms and every device

Above all else, enjoy. Have fun on your date, that’s the entire point! Disclaimer: excessive alcohol is not recommended, particularly in initial stages of a romantic relationship.

For maximum efficiency and increasing the likelihood of a “win” or taking your date to the next “level,” alternate between the above to-dos and set them to recurring. ;) Before you know it, you’ll be flirting like a champ!

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Thomas Edwards is the founder of The Professional Wingman. Deemed the real-life “Hitch,” Thomas helps singles find relationships and lead fulfilling lives through personal development. His unique approach focuses on dating strategy and lifestyle development. Thomas has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Fox Business, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Ebony Magazine and many more. You can follow him on Twitter.

Best Part of #TCDisrupt: Producteev’s Interactive Swag Contest!

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011 was so awesome, we had to make a Swag Contest out of it!

(If you’re not familiar with Disrupt, it’s 3 day convention and contest for startups, hosted by TechCrunch.)

Innovative products include:

Shaker

If you’re a true geek you already know that the winner of the $50K and this Disrupt Battlefield competition was Shaker, an avatar-driven chatroom-styled app that mimics real life socializing. You get to freely converse with friends and others with whom you share mutual contacts. Unlike real life, before you approach them, you can learn what the two of you have in common. How’s that for conversation-starters? Congrats, Shaker, on a well-deserved win!

CakeHealth

One of the finalists was CakeHealth (which has nothing to do with cake, but everything to do with health!) Give them your health insurance info, and they will guide you through your healthcare spending. In many ways, it’s comparable to Mint.com.

Bitcasa

Bitcasa offers unlimited online data storage at $10/month. In the words of the founder, ”This folder is infinite. This desktop is infinite. Your desktop, your primary storage, is now the network. Your primary hard drive is now a cache.” So that means you can save all your videos. All of them. ;-)

Amen

And then there were apps like Amen, which (like our beloved Angry Birds) is a cute time-killer. Think of it as a universal game of Mad Libs, where you fill-in-the-blanks with the ‘best and worst’ of different things in different categories, and other users leave feedback.

Learn more about the finals by clicking here.

And now for the Swag Contest!

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Tell us in the comments below, how you feel Producteev could supplement any of the apps that made it to the final cut. One lucky winner will be selected and gifted a whole bag of Producteev swag! Make your explanations good, and look for the announcement of who won on Monday, September 19th at 11:30 a.m. EST. 

Photo credit: Eva Blue