On planning and not working

I’ve been using emacs to manage my schedule and project planning for the past couple of months. There’s a bit of a learning curve, as those hard-core lisp programmers are a strange but friendly bunch, but I have increasingly found that integrating planning tools with productivity tools is a bang-up good idea. Still, good planning is little help when you just can’t get any steam built up to actually get work done. On that subject, I came across a couple of interesting essays: John Perry writes about structured procrastination and Joel Spolsky writes about fire and motion strategies for working.