Mystery is Powerlessness

We are powerless against what we don’t understand.

We call “mysterious” the things that exist outside our knowledge, our understanding, and our ability to influence. To call something “mysterious” is to walk away and accept our ignorance and powerlessness over that thing.

On the other hand, when we engage with a mystery and seek knowledge, we expand our realm of influence.

When I was in college, I would often constantly procrastinate on assignments until I was in tears from the stress and the feelings of failure. At the time, I didn’t understand how procrastination worked, so all I could do was blame myself. I assumed (incorrectly) that the people around me were all dealing with the same things and just managing it better than I was, after all, we shared classes and “the same 24 hours”.

It took me years of trying out new productivity apps and methods, wading through advice that boiled down to “just do it!”, to finally reach information that was actually helpful to me.

Today, there thankfully more resources out there, like this in-depth guide on procrastination, created by the Amazing Marvin team, that don’t take for granted our ability to get things done, and actually address the invisible obstacles in front of us. But there’s still a huge gap that probably won’t close until the day we completely banish the idea of “laziness” from our society.

It’s precisely because of this experience that I want to dedicate my time to providing resources to solve these kinds of mysteries, so that you can expand your realm of influence, and gain a bit more control over your life.

I want to know what you’re struggling with, in terms of productivity or neurodivergence. I want to share what I’ve learned so far. And if it’s a mystery I haven’t solved yet, maybe we can solve it together.


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