How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating, & Love Letting Go | 我如何学会停止拖延并接受放弃

‘People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh

By Leo Babauta

The end of procrastination is the art of letting go.

I’ve been a lifelong procrastinator, at least until recent years. I would put things off until deadline, because I knew I could come through. I came through on tests after cramming last minute, I turned articles in at the deadline after waiting until the last hour, I got things done.
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Dynamic Utopia 动态乌托邦

Just finished reading Plato’s Utopia and other related works about the “neverland”. I think the finalized Utopia is impossible for the resources are always limited. But at some circumstances, it’s not a mirage.

刚看完柏拉图的《理想国》和其他相关作品。我觉得一个稳态下的理想国是不存在的,因为资源总是有限的。但在某特定时期内特定环境下,乌托邦却有可能短暂的存在。

For instance, in the fairy tale “The farmer and the goldfish”, every time the goldfish satisfy the old woman by giving them what they want, the day was perfect without regrets. It’s a very short moment though, they are in Utopia, until the next day the old woman want something more.
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Tell me sky

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Come closer, to touch the sky.
What’s the feeling when touching it?
Maybe nothing.. Just like touching the clouds in the sky.
Is it Illustration..?
Tell me, Sky.

Respect

The longer I work with different teams, the more important I feel to respect my work and my team member’s job.

Respect is kind of attitude-level thing. So for junior level colleagues, they will do work well despite their attitude is “right” or “wrong”. But as you level up, especially when you are the CEO of a company. Everyone will be affected by your attitude.

I did a lot of wrong things to realize how important the respect is.

For example, once my company got a contract help create a website. One of the function is visitors can download virtual gifts on the souvenir page, so they can use these icons as their portfolio image on Twitter, or send virtual flowers to their friends on Facebook. It’s very simple page and I just decide to put 20 images on and let the client review the designs. I had thought it’s very easy to change these images if the clients have comments. But I was wrong.

It’s very easy for me to decide a number, indeed. But after several rounds of revise, I realised the process of all these would be really a hell. And after the project, I summarised the project, this virtual gifts part should be done within 8 hours, but actually we waste nearly 20 hours on this. The cost shocks me.

People are learning by doing. The most important thing for a CEO is not to lead the wrong way. Sometime it’s just one word from your mouth but one day work for your fellows. This makes me take care of every word I said, every email I write, every decision I make.