July 08, 2011, 12:00 AM — Very few people with any experience working with computers need any pointers on procrastinating.
Thought Catalog posted a list of some of the better methods of procrastinating which, candidly, I wouldn't have found time to write about if I didn't have more serious things I should be writing about right now – like cyberwar and why all the leading virtualization vendors are completely different but all hit the same criteria in all the analysts' product-ranking lists.
If you still work in an office, some of these won't apply to you, at least not all the time; at least not when the boss can see what's on your screen.
They will all apply, with a vengeance, if you're one of the increasingly large number of people who work contract or freelance from home (on purpose or because your former employers wanted to be responsible enough with the HR budget to keep their jobs by eliminating yours).
The most useful is a two-year-old guide called The Cult of Done by Bre Pettis, founder of MakerBot, which manufactures 3D printers that are the closest thing we have right now to Star Trek matter replicators, though they don't appear able to make Earl Gray tea.
The Cult of Done is a quickie writeup of "truisms of hacker culture" as BrainPickings put it, though the list has to be a fairly old one.
It doesn't include what seems to be the dominant guideline in hacker culture right now: "Attack evil corporate site; steal credit card numbers of noncombatants; post on a public site you will promote heavily the CC#s, names, addresses, prior criminal histories, sexual perversions and moral weaknesses of customers whose accounts you raided to show the Evil Corporation how abusive it is to the common people."
Of the Cult of Done aphorisms, these are the coolest:
- People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
- Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keep you from being done.
- Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
- Destruction is a variant of done.
- Done is the engine of More.
Because writers are compelled while writing about productivity to both try to be productive and compulsively represent themselves that way, ThoughtCatalog's Brandon Scott Gorrell wondered in his intro why humans are so good at procrastinating.