I've been making certain advances in my personal productivity and I wanted to share one of the more amusing realizations with you.
Consider the following situation. You have two open ended projects, you could spend hours, days or years on each of them. The first is you research project. If you do a good job on it, a really good job, it might get into a leading conference, that will later help secure some job offer you really want to get.
The second project is a project in a course. Nobody expects it to be published. If you do an excellent job you'll get an A, a mediocre job will still get you an A, and if you do a really bad job you'll get a B. Sounds simple so far, right?
Alas the story gets complicated. And like any good tragedy you the main character have a flaw that will doom you. You want to excell. You really hate doing a bad job. Some might even try to insult you and accuse you of being a perfectionist. How do you overcome this tragic character flaw. The answer lies in strategic procrastination.
These two words that seemingly should never go in the same sentence come together to help you get over yourself. First step, assess the number of hours the average team will spend on the class project. Let's say the number is 30 hours. Step two, wait until deadline - 30 hours. Remember to factor in sleeping into the equation. Step three, procrastinate.
Some of you will read this and laugh. That's o.k. To you I say... ha ha ha... I'm being funny. Some of you just don't get it. Since I am a polite guy to you I say... ha ha ha... it sounds funnier in Yidish. To the rest of you, I sincerely hope that at some point in your life I'd have helped you,