SurveyYou procrastinate excessively.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-02-04 at 09:32:22   (17 comments)

On 2009-02-04 at 19:26:45, Thelevellers wrote...
Hell yeah! What would life be without procrastination?!
On 2009-02-04 at 19:42:23, Baslisks wrote...
trying not to.
On 2009-02-04 at 22:16:03, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Of course I have something to say on this, but I'll get around to it later.
On 2009-02-04 at 22:25:38, Baslisks wrote...
AHhh humor.
On 2009-02-05 at 05:52:56, BorgClown wrote...
I prefer to call it "cunctatitis": http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Cunctatitis
On 2009-02-05 at 09:59:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
A comment I read recently pointed out that the main problem with getting things done is knowing what the first step will be. So if you're given a vague task to do and haven't made your own plan for tackling it, you're far more likely to put it off than if you're given something concrete. Personally I've moved from having hand-written lists of information and steps to trying to maintain files on the computer. It's really been detrimental, as it's much better to have a physical pad to glance at and easier to cross out things you've done.
On 2009-02-05 at 19:00:25, Thelevellers wrote...
I definitely agree with you there Lee, physically crossing stuff out is satisfying, and the act of writing it down helps cement it in the memory... It's why writing on the back of my hand works, even when I end up washing it off... Havinga plan of attack definitely helps, I'm helping out with building a house at the moment, and it's hard with each new job to know where to start as a lot of the things I'm doing are completely new to me! I should have the skills to build my own house soon though ;)
On 2009-02-05 at 21:00:57, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Now if I could just find some way of avoiding the always-on Internet connection...
On 2009-02-06 at 00:01:51, Baslisks wrote...
todo list is awesome. Lets me cross stuff out.
On 2009-02-06 at 04:04:16, BorgClown wrote...
Sometimes it's best just to start doing something, even if you end up throwing it all out a couple of hours later. Starting gives you a sense of direction and a plan.
On 2009-02-06 at 19:10:27, Thelevellers wrote...
Good point Borg, doing something, even if it is wrong, is often better than nothing. Not always though - I discovered yesterday that fitting underfloor heating in the ceiling should ALWAYS be done correctly, with at least two people, and a lot of fore thought... My shoulders really hurt today(!)
On 2009-02-06 at 19:23:53, Baslisks wrote...
Lesson learned, correct? Now spread that knowledge and it was a good thing.
On 2009-02-07 at 05:14:47, BorgClown wrote...
That's what I meant too, Baslisks. Just getting dirty with something may be a waste of effort, but a valuable learning experience.
On 2009-02-07 at 05:57:41, Baslisks wrote...
Mmmm was drilling a hole through a nice 1.25" piece of metal didn't have the bit right... I only drilled .1 into the metal in 30 minutes. First time doing it.
On 2009-02-07 at 19:12:05, Thelevellers wrote...
Heh, classic mistake there Basilisks... I wasn't too far off that myself on Thursday, I didn't realise quite how much the three nails I hit damaged the wood bit in the drill until I got it sharpened again, I think I would have finished all the drilling I did that day (with a big heavy drill held above my head) in half the time or less if I had realised sooner! Top tips from me this week then: Think through building work, and look after your tools! Lol.
On 2009-02-07 at 20:31:14, Baslisks wrote...
Yeah, I am new at this whole shop thing but really enjoying it. Kind of not happy with my highschool that I went to. Didn't have any opportunities for technically minded people.
On 2009-02-08 at 20:28:21, Thelevellers wrote...
Engineering workshops are great fun! By far the best part of my college and uni courses... I can't wait to get a job in a place with a workshop, or buy a couple of small machines myself... I have SO many things I wanna machine and fold and generally create! :) Fingers crossed I don't get arsed by this bloody credit crunch and end up with no apprenticeship this year, my chances of getting one decrease exponentially with each passing year :( I hit zero chance in 3 years, when I hit the grand old age of 25 and am considered too old to become an apprentice :s