Your Best?

Welcome to 2006! A couple of weeks ago on a lazy Saturday afternoon I wrote a post about many things but basically about what’s your best?

I’m reminded of that theme again this morning reading Paul Graham’s essay on “Good and Bad Procrastination“.

His illumination of the difference between bad procrastination and that which is good is fascinating – setting aside (procrastinating on) less important work to pick up the load of more important work. That work that really matters.

He points us to Richard Hamming’s essay, shrinking it to its essence: “What’s the best thing you could be working on, and why aren’t you?”

I’m reminded of Paul Simon’s great line “the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time” — that, and, as Graham concludes, enjoying life has everything to do with “leaving the right things undone.”

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