Logan Dunn

Present self vs. future self

My future self lied to me …again. You see, he kept telling me that I would get around to writing in my blog “this Sunday,” or “at least once this month.”

The problem is that when I get to that time for which my future self had such high hopes, my future self isn’t there anymore. It’s my present self who will approach the situation, the one who needs to fight the battle over wants versus needs. This, my friends is the definition of procrastination. According to David McRaney in his book You are Not so Smart, “Procrastination is all about choosing want over should.”

Check out his short video on the subject:

If that video wasn’t enough to light the fire of change, here is another one. Have you ever felt like that, putting anything and everything in front of what you SHOULD be doing? I know I have.

You see, it’s not that a procrastinator is lazy. In fact, it is usually quite the opposite. He or she always has something to do. The real problem is one of prioritization, replacing what is most important for what you want right now.

According to McRaney, those who spend time thinking about thinking are those that can get things done because ”they know productivity is a game of cat and mouse versus a childish primal human predilection for pleasure and novelty which can never be excised from the soul.”

The solution: “a plan for those times when you expect to be tempted.”

Learn how to “outsmart yourself,” so your future self doesn’t get the best of you.

That idea of “thinking about thinking” reminds me of something my business ethics professor wrote in his syllabus:

“Good writing is particularly important in an ethics course, because good writing requires good thinking, and good thinking is a vital ingredient to becoming an ethical leader. Conversely, sloppy writing is usually indicative of sloppy thinking, and sloppy thinking is often what leads otherwise good people to make ethical errors.”

…or to be caught in the trap of procrastination.

Perhaps taking the time to think and write is a useful tool in outsmarting the future self. Yet another reason to be putting down my thoughts in a blog.

The start of something

I have been wanting to begin a blog for some time now, but I just never have gotten around to it…

…until today.

Whenever I think of the phrase “the start of something” I think of a song by Voxtrot titled “The Start of Something” (Who would have guessed?). It’s a catchy song that I found somehow I can’t quite remember. I’m not even sure what it’s about. A cryptic love song maybe? Anyway, there’s a line that comes to mind:

Is this the end or just the start of something really really beautiful,
Wrapped up and disguised as something really really ugly.

Don’t judge me. I’m not the best writer, nor am I one where you can excuse the writing because of my ingenious posts. This blog could be ugly, but I also believe it could be something really really beautiful. …for me at least.

I think this blog, at the least, will be something great for me. That’s why I do it.

It really is the end and start of something. This is my last week at Deseret Digital Media, where I have worked for the past three years. During this time I have worked with some of the most incredible people I have known up to this point in my life. I need to give a personal shout out to Rob and Emily, two of my dearest friends, though there are many others I care about. It is hard to leave.

There is a beginning in this as well. In about two weeks I begin my MBA program at BYU. New friends, new experiences and new growth are coming my way. This is one of the reasons why I am finally deciding to pull the trigger on my blog. I want to use this as a place where I can talk about some of the things I am learning during the program.

There are other interests too… I love all things Web and tech. I will be talking about basic front-end development, as well as some of my latest finds across the Web.

So here’s to endings and the start of something really really _______.