April 2009 Archives

I am plagued by lateness. It is one of my character flaws, and a difficult one to change. Part of the reason is because I'm not really interested in having "she was on time" as one of the eventual measurements of my success.

So I started to wonder...lateness travels hand in hand with procrastination. Is there an evolutionary benefit to procrastination? I did a bit of poking around on the intertubes. There are different kinds of procrastination 1) was to focus on the future in a negative way. This caused stress and avoidance of most activities. The 2) is indecision, which appears to be related to remembering the past and how things went wrong. This makes me think that the way to avoid procrastination is to maintain one's focus on the present.

My next question is should I become a Buddhist, a nun, or a Jedi?

Here are some readings

Over the past few years, I've seen an interest in learning how to make "data-driven" decisions. This means that business and strategic choices get made by looking at actual data so the decisions are based on reality more than assumptions.

Something about it has always made me slightly uncomfortable, but I never put my finger on it. Today, talking with a previous boss, she said something that clicked it all in place for me. "Wouldn't it be better," she said, "if we allowed ourselves to be data-informed?"

That's it, exactly. I think that is probably the intent behind data-driven decision making already, and I think the wording doesn't reflect that. The idea of "informed" rather than "driven" allows for the voice of experience, of intuition, of creativity, of justice, to all be part of the package. It is the difference between making a decision based on information and knowledge, and making one based on information, knowledge, and wisdom.

Yankee Doodle

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"What do you wanna do?"
"I dunno. What do you wanna do?"
"Doesn't matter. You decide."
"Okay, how about a movie?"
"Oh, I know! Bowling!?"
"No, I'm really not in the mood for that."
"Well, what are you in the mood for?"
"I dunno. Whatever you wanna do, I guess."