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Apr 29, 2019 06:13:53

The Last Minute is not the best time to work.

by @brianball PATRON | 207 words | 59🔥 | 370💌

Brian Ball

Current day streak: 59🔥
Total posts: 370💌
Total words: 102262 (409 pages 📄)

When you only have the last minute, you've eliminated the possibility to entertain distractions. That part is good. You might enjoy more focus in these moments and feel productive. 

What if it's not sustainable? What if the risk / reward ratio changes dramatically against you? 

Now that you've waited to the last minute, the likelihood of some disrupting force hasn't been reduced - but you've effectively eliminated your opportunities for easy recovery.

Let's say you have to write your 200 words. You have a normal routine of spending the last hour of the night writing. It's a good plan. It's meditative. It's quiet even, now that the kids are in bed. What could possibly go wrong?

You might have enjoyed the weekend so much and now, at the end of it, you're bodily and mentally tired and the plan to spend an hour writing seems less appealing. Streaks be damned, you want some sleep.

Or, maybe you get your writing in, but it doesn't feel as good to have the self-imposed pressure of getting it done. Had you written earlier in the day, maybe now, you could just peruse community writings. 

I procrastinate as much as anybody, but I don't like how it feels. Dear future self, Thanks for reading.

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    @brianball Procrastination be damned. People in #Teamstreak know this. Are you going to join us in 7 days?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 29, 2019 07:49:17
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      @brandonwilson - I will - unless I don't.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 29, 2019 09:03:38
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    @brianball I am really bad at writing at the last minute... I get stressed crazy easy and my mind goes blanc... then comes the "proud drag"
    But if you need topics, you will find a few here:
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/re-111-days-of-dragging-the-streak-i-lost-my-draft-again-156575cc07f99d5f84
    hihihi...
    23rd day of the streak! cool :-)

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 29, 2019 16:13:57
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      @lucjah - I think getting to the blank document is one of the things I do most readily. Easier than going jogging or re-tiling the bathroom for example.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 29, 2019 09:04:56
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      @brianball jogging... re-tiling... I hear ya!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 30, 2019 17:26:01
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