Entirely too relevant this week: procrastination.
“If you want to work on big things, you seem to have to trick yourself into doing it.”
And this is far too true: “I’ve wondered a lot about why startups are most productive at the very beginning, when they’re just a couple guys in an apartment. The main reason may be that there’s no one to interrupt them yet. In theory it’s good when the founders finally get enough money to hire people to do some of the work for them. But it may be better to be overworked than interrupted. Once you dilute a startup with ordinary office workers– with type-B procrastinators– the whole company starts to resonate at their frequency. They’re interrupt-driven, and soon you are too.”
And frustratingly, “What’s the best thing you could be working on, and why aren’t you?”. Based on that, I must also read You and Your Research, where the questions, “What are the most important problems in your field?”, “Are you working on one of them?” and “Why not?” are posed.