Some of us employ that technique on a regular basis. Among our misdirected efforts are:
- Reinventing the wheel. Most of our projects have been done by before. Why do we resist the guidance of precedent?
- The Ph.D. Syndrome. The swamp of research stretches out forever because more information always appears on the horizon.
- Devoting far too much time to details. There is a huge difference between attending to important details and squandering time on minor ones.
- Rushing past planning and prioritizing. That time saved early will be lost in chunks later.
- Analyzing the execution but not the mission. As the saying goes, it does no good to run if you're on the wrong road.
- Imposing ridiculous deadlines. Why create extra stress?
- Underestimating the amount of time required. Estimate the time you think will be needed, then multiply by three.
- Permitting interruptions. Hide out and get it done.