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A *meta trap* is a pattern of behavior which affects toolmakers, where the toolmaker endlessly refines the tools required to do a job rather than doing the job itself. It is a form of procrastination which hides in faux productivity.

@ndpi hmm, you’re right. Inthink i will make a tool to deal with that

@ndpi I think this is the same behaviour often called "yak shaving".

@bremner It's a bit different. Yak shaving is when the chain of dependencies needed to complete a task leads you so far away from your original task that you may as well be shaving a yak.

The meta trap is when you're using the excuse "but my tools aren't ready yet" to avoid doing the primary task.

@ndpi But a typical case is the dependencies are tools...

@bremner Yak shaving could be a meta trap, if you're inventing dependencies to procrastinate. If you're earnestly working through real requirements it's not.

@ndpi I don't fully agree. Just like cleaning your room may be done out of procrastination, so can working on your tools and a million other behaviors. But that doesn't mean that they are always procrastination, or that they are bad because they don't bring an immediate measurable advantage.

Working on your tools, improving your technique, picking up a new hobby, meeting interesting people, having heated discussions — they are all things you do to grow. To improve yourself.

@deshipu Yes, agreed. I didn't say that working on tools is never useful, just that it's a way for people to procrastinate.

I'm doing it myself right now, hence why I wrote about it 😉

@ndpi @deshipu Writing about procrastination one is currently engaging in is the highest form of procrastination. ❤️

@ndpi I'll think I'll put Meta Trap Designer on my CV, thanks :). Probably will get a job at Facebook right away!

@ndpi argh i'm so guilty of this and it's messing with my head.

i'm currently "shopping" for apple products (which i know i don't really need), and graphics tablets (which i DO need, but idk which one to get), as well as hunting for deals because the peak consumerist season (black friday, christmas etc) is right around the corner, and apparently now is the only time to get decent things at decent prices

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