Process and the art of procrastination

One of the things that I enjoy studying is process. It is the study of how you do things. I like studying how someone else does it, then either improve or incorporate it into how I do things.

The problem with that is the fact that one can waste so much time learning how to be efficient or learning what is best practices is. When push comes to shove, it really is the Yoda saying of either “do or do not.”

Earlier this year, I had promised myself that I would keep an academic blog and a personal blog. Blogging for me is not about idea or verbiage, it is about finding the time and or just doing it.

My latest form of procrastination so I would not have to write a blog entry was whether to use Markdown or reStructuredText. Both are good languages, the issue is which one would be better to become better at going forward. Markdown is actually much easier. Restructured Text allows me to add code to the post. I only really have time to master one.

However, it really does not matter since I write all my posts first in Microsoft Word. This is the reason: Microsoft word is my word processor of choice.

Why Microsoft Word? Well, it is not for the lack of trying other products that are either cloud or PC based. Most word processors are lacking when it come to academic writing. Plus, I can use Grammarly directly. I tend to not embarrass myself as much in writing as much. Win all the way around.

What does Microsoft Word have to do with blogging, process, reStructuredText, and Markdown? Absolutely nothing. I am worrying over nothing when it comes down to using the two document formatting languages. I usually write posts in Word, then use pandoc to convert the Word document to reStructuredText which is used by the static blogging software that I currently use. My worries about what to use were nothing more than procrastination.

This blog post can be defined as procrastination on top of procrastination. I should be reading the chapter titled: “Foreign Direct Investment” for my “Competing in a Global Environment” class.


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