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We don't have much to say about research in practice at the Café right now

but we are talking policy and practice over here now: Literacy Enquirers.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

help 4 procrastinators

Not that there is anything wrong with procrastinating but just in case you are getting sick of it, or need to get something done, here are two sites that may help.

First, Write Or Die from Dr. Wicked, a proponent of writing quickly.

"Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you're fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences."

Warning: Kamikaze mode erases your words if you stop. But Gentle or Normal mode are much less destructive and might be fun for some students. Some people might enjoy trying to beat the clock.

Second is a special formula found at 43 folders, "a website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work."

Procrastination hack is "a squirelly new system to pound through my procrastinated to-do list. ... It’s called (10+2)*5 and here’s why:

  • 10 - Work for ten minutes with single-minded focus on moving toward completion on a single task. Ten minutes, and that’s all you’re allowed to do is work, work, work. No cheating, because (DING!) you actually get a break when you’re done…
  • 2 - After ten minutes of sweaty, dedicated work you get a 2-minute break to do whatever you want—drink coffee, call your bookie, whatever. When the two minutes are up, it’s back to work on the next task on your list. This is important.
  • *5 - You’re going to iterate this four more times for a total of one hour’s working/breaking."
Visit the web page to find out what supplies you need and the important squirrely rules that ensure success. Warning: The language on this site is a bit hipster and colloquial. Students may enjoy working to this formula.

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