If you know a language, you can say exactly what you mean. Nothing gets lost in translation.
If you use Google or any other artificial-intelligence translation services you lose the subtleties, the cultural verbiage that makes the difference between saying you had a good day versus a great day.
The listener/reader of your words works harder to comprehend what the foreigner is trying to say. All attention goes into the beat of those retranslated lines.
Sure, spitting out something is better than nothing. The immigrant gets kudos for trying out the language in his new home country, except maybe in France.
But the most accurate exchange is the deepest exchange, where what’s being said gets communicated right into your eye sockets or ear lobes.
Of course, if the intention is to keep the conversation murky, just use SMS. Emojis, in particular, always seem to get misunderstood.
All procrastinators put off things they have to do. Structured procrastination is the art of making this bad trait work for you. The key idea is that procrastinating does not mean doing absolutely nothing. Procrastinators seldom do absolutely nothing; they do marginally useful things, like gardening or sharpening pencils or making a diagram of how they will reorganize their files when they get around to it.
Repeat: Procrastination does not mean doing nothing
Don’t beat yourself up for avoiding things at the top of the list. Chew on them while you go to work on something else. It’s the overthinking and doing nothing that tears you apart.
Note that staying busy does not mean checking Facebook. Social networks and their variable rewards are even more addicting than email.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to put your ass in the chair and dance with the anxiety at some point. If you don’t do the work, you simply don’t care enough.
Procrastinators can be finishers. Until then, reframe procrastination by doing important smaller things.
The confluence of attention and boredom is vital to creativity.
Attention works like a gate, opening and closing at the will of perception.
We snatch what we aim for. The photographer’s eye spots patterns the same way a poet finds beauty in the mundane.
Yet, boredom offers a gateway to mind wandering. The empty mind is a trigger for connecting the disconnected, kickstarting the imagination, and firing up the ability to notice novelty in the driest of places.
The mind zig-zags between concerted effort and pause in the attempt to pick up more knowledge. Emphasizing attention over boredom over the other negates their impact. Sometimes, one has to let go to grow.
Just as we try to float, we sink. Active control requires the opposite: a calm and disengaged discipline.