Are You a “Precrastinator?”

Not being productive enough to meet your own standards, let alone those of the people you work with or for? Think your problem is that thou procastinateth too much? Think again. You could be someone who has fallen into–


The Trap of ‘Precrastination’
by Elizabeth Yuko

We live and work in a culture that values productivity (and in turn, profits) above pretty much everything else. But we’re also big fans of instant gratification. (Isn’t the best part about making a checklist adding a few things you’ve already done, just so you can tick them off right away?) As it turns out, when you mix the push for productivity with our love of instant gratification, you can end up falling into the trap of “precrastination.” Here’s what that concept means and how to avoid it.

What is ‘precrastination’?

Dr. David Rosenbaum, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, first coined the term “precrastination” in a 2014 article in the journal Psychological Science. He describes it as “the hastening of subgoal completion, even at the expense of extra physical effort,” but it can apply to tasks (like office work) that don’t involve physical labor.

Basically, you precrastinate if you opt to put in extra effort in the rush to complete a task (and tick it off your to-do list) that may end up being unnecessary with a little more time and planning. Chris Bailey, writing for CNBC’s Make It vertical provides this example:

You and your team are gearing up for a complex project, and they’ve sent a number of emails asking for clarification on certain points. Rather than taking the time to write back in a thoughtful and deliberate manner or schedule a call to discuss, you send back a series of half-baked replies.

Task complete, right? Not quite. While you may have temporarily dealt with a few items on your to-do list, your lack of clarity generates further questions. As a result, more effort is needed to get everyone back on track.

Read it all at lifehacker.com

How to Stream all of the ‘Star Trek’ TV Shows & Films in Order

The Star Trek chronology of our dreams, thanks to TechRadar.Com.


by Richard Edwards

If you want to watch Star Trek in order, it can be a daunting undertaking. After the Original Series, there are currently a total of 13 movies and seven TV shows, with more on the way. Watching them together without a break would you more than 24 days.

“Space: the final frontier…” When Captain James T Kirk first spoke those iconic words in September 1966, a legend was born. But the USS Enterprise’s original five-year mission was only the beginning of a franchise that’s now grown to galactic proportions.

With so much Star Trek content already out in the universe, any Trek newbie looking to explore strange new worlds, discover new life, and experience new civilizations is faces a mission of Kobayashi Maru-proportions to catch up.

With Star Trek: Picard behind us and Star Trek Discovery season 3 coming up (along with numerous other spin-offs), we’ve tackled half a century’s worth of captains’ logs to explain how the Star Trek timeline works. Here, then, is how you watch Star Trek in release and chronological order, across all TV shows and movies. Engage!

Star Trek TV shows and movies in chronological order

This is probably the Star Trek list you’re looking for. It’s where things get really interesting, as Star Trek movies and TV shows have a habit of jumping around the franchise’s chronology with sequels, prequels and bits in between. There are even two distinct timelines – don’t worry, we’ll get to that.

The original ‘Prime’ timeline was started by the Original Series, the Next Generation-era TV shows, and the first ten movies, The alternative ‘Kelvin’ timeline, meanwhile, was created in JJ Abrams’ first Star Trek (2009) to allow the familiar crew to have new adventures without contradicting canon. To avoid confusion, we’ve defined the two timelines as separate entities below….

Read it all at techradar.com

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA & ICM Partners Give Nod to New Franchise Agreement

Yesterday’s good news from the WGAW.


via Writers Guild of America West

August 5, 2020
Dear Members,

The WGA and ICM Partners (ICM) agreed to a new franchise agreement today. ICM may once again represent WGA members for covered writing services.

In line with the previous agency agreements the Guild has made, the ICM agreement protects writers in three fundamental areas emphasized since the beginning of the campaign:

Now that the WGA has agreements with both ICM and UTA, the packaging sunset period for all franchised agencies ends on June 30, 2022.
Contract, deal memo and invoice information will be provided to the Guild, allowing the WGA and the agency to partner in systematically addressing late pay and free work.

Strict limitations apply to agency ownership of production entities.
The terms of this agreement substantively match the deal signed with UTA in July. You can read a red-lined version of the franchise agreement here (reflecting changes from the UTA agreement). Click here for the list of all franchised agencies.

In solidarity,

WGA Agency Negotiating Committee

Chris Keyser, Co-Chair
David Shore, Co-Chair
Meredith Stiehm, Co-Chair
Lucy Alibar
John August
Angelina Burnett
Zoanne Clack
Kate Erickson
Jonathan Fernandez
Travon Free
Ashley Gable
Deric A. Hughes
Chip Johannessen
Michael Schur
Tracey Scott Wilson
Betsy Thomas
Patric M. Verrone
Nicole Yorkin
David A. Goodman, President WGAW, ex-officio
Marjorie David, Vice President WGAW, ex-officio
Michele Mulroney, Secretary-Treasurer WGAW, ex-officio
Beau Willimon, President WGAE, ex-officio
Kathy McGee, Vice President WGAE, ex-officio
Bob Schneider, Secretary-Treasurer WGAE, ex-officio

Cartoon: Contemplation

TVWriter™’s all-time favorite artist/philosopher, Grant Snider, shows us what contemplation does for and to him. Because it’s a process, see, with no specific end.



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‘Archive 81’ Podcast to Become Streaming Video Series at Netflix

Mainstream showbiz has been snatching up podcasts for awhile now, and we just learned that one of this TVWriter™ minion’s faves is making its way through the Netflix development tunnel. “O frabjous day! Callooh callay!”


by Jacob Fisher

…A series based on the found footage horror podcast Archive 81 is in early development at Netflix.

Archive 81 ?is a found footage podcast horror drama exploring the supernatural and gentrification in the big city through a found-­footage format. Set in the greater New York City area, the show’s time period alternates between the present day and the mid­-90s. The show follows Dan, a solitary archivist who works at a remote facility where he has been tasked with cataloging hundreds of hours of old audio tape.

Dan’s employer is the City of New York’s Housing Historical Society… or so he thinks. Many of the recorded tapes appear to consist of old interviews between a social worker named Melody Pendrass and the residents of a mysterious apartment tower block known as The Visser Building. It’s not clear what Melody’s looking for in her interviews, but the more tenants she talks to, the creepier things get. As Dan probes deeper into the tapes and the mysterious origins of the Visser building, Melody’s story starts to reveal unsettling facts about the archive, his employers, and even the nature of the physical world we live in.

The podcast begun on April 5th, 2016 and is in its third season. New episodes will be released every other Wednesday. Listen, wherever you get your podcasts. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Radiopublic. Daniel Powell and Marc Sollinger, who created the iconic podcast series together, will serve as co-producers on the upcoming series for Netflix….

Read it all at discussingfilm.net