Fun Friday Links: Beating Procrastination, Social Media Turn-Offs, and Integrating Wonder & Wisdom

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Arwen Heredia

August 8, 2014

Welcome to Conspire’s Fun Friday Links, a weekly collection of interesting discoveries from around the Web. Most of the time, the goal is to get you thinking differently about innovation, collaboration, business culture, and life in general. Other times, we may toss an infographic or fun video your way. Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to for consideration.

Dashing, Starting, and Stopping: 3 Methods for Beating Procrastination

While it’s true that the heavy pressure of a looming deadline can be an excellent motivator, more often than not procrastination is just really, really bad for your blood pressure. So, it’s a good idea to keep your heart healthy and your mind sane by starting, not stalling. From Contently:

“I’ve wrestled with procrastination in the past. It’s worth pointing out sometimes procrastination can be beneficial to certain types of productivity. Other times, not so much.

I may not be a psychologist, but I’ve done more than enough research to know we procrastinate for many reasons. Some of us are bored with work. Some of us attach external importance to what we do and let our egos prevent us from starting a task. Others are just intimidated.

Regardless of the cause, every freelancer should be familiar with the Zeigarnik effect: It suggests once we start a task and leave it unfinished, we remember it clearer and more frequently than completed tasks. So the challenge then becomes learning how to get started on something so we can clear it from our mental docket. Fortunately, there are a few helpful solutions.”

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Social Media’s Biggest Turn-Offs

So much of a person’s influence these days rests on their ability to engage an audience through social media, whether they’re using it for business or not. But anyone who’s spent a decent amount of time on one of the major platforms — Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram — knows that there are certain, often unspoken rules of conduct that can be the difference between blowing up your following and getting blocked.

In this visual presentation from Forbes, you’ll learn what not to do — things like ignoring grammatical mistakes, oversharing, and saying the same thing over and over and over again. Common sense? Maybe — but if it were really that common, this article probably wouldn’t exist.

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Leonard Shlain on Integrating Wonder and Wisdom

The concepts of art and data are about as different from each other as two things can be; one is rooted in the translation of inspiration, the other in the understanding and communication of complex systems. But, like many things that appear to exist on completely opposite ends of a spectrum, these two ways of interpreting the world are not only connected, but interdependent. And, because the human powers of ideation are a byproduct of both, understanding the necessary balance between these two modes of perception is a critical factor of personal and professional success. From Brainpickings:

“Concepts such as “justice,” “freedom” or “economics” can be turned over in the mind without ever resorting to mental pictures. While there is never final resolution between word and image, we are a species dependent on the abstractions of language and in the main, the word eventually supplants the image.

When we reflect, ruminate, reminisce, muse and imagine, generally we revert to the visual mode. But in order to perform the brain’s highest function, abstract thinking, we abandon the use of images and are able to carry on without resorting to them. It is with great precision that we call this type of thinking, “abstract.” This is the majesty and the tyranny of language. To affix a name to something is the beginning of control over it…Words, more than strength or speed, became the weapons that humans have used to subdue nature.

[Because] the erosion of images by words occurs at such an early age, we forget that in order to learn something radically new, we need first to imagine it.”

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