Simon Rudduck

Tokyo, Japan

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Simon Rudduck
Posted about 3 years ago
Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice
I often am amazed by talks here, but this one cut me deep. Schwartz highlighted why I am 30 something and without much of my initial dreams to my name. I felt convicted like I've just been exposed to truth through a sermon, but I could't turn to anyone for forgiveness, so I wrote a song about it called "Valley of Decision". I'd love to provide a link to share it with you all, but is that allowed here?
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Simon Rudduck
Posted over 3 years ago
Motivation and Procrastination. How to get rid of distractions and get the job done.
Whether distraction is useful or not depends a lot on what kind of things steal your mind away. When you are not under pressure, such as at work or with a maths test hanging over your head, I think there is some value in your mind drifting. I have a pile of shelved projects, and my habit of wandering away from the line has robbed my of the intensity I started out with for them. But procrastination has become somewhat of a moderator for me. On the other side of the distraction, I get to assess the value of the project with a little perspective, and if there is real potential there, I pick up where I left off, and often become stricter with myself with regards to that project from then on. The strictness is key for me. I see the creative spirit as something that needs to be honed, because it is one thing to have inspiration, and quite another to discipline yourself until you have given a good idea the effort it is worth. See the time you are alone as "production time". Divide up those hours at home into 2-3 hour segments, plan in coffee breaks etc, don't get caught in a chat unless it helps your cause, and be true to yourself when you assess your efforts.