December 13, 2006

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Low-Hanging Fruit Blind Spot

The optical illusion caused by foreshortening can make very small things that are very close appear larger than very large things that are far away. If you are not blessed in the trouser department, for example, you can exploit this effect to imagine what it would look like if you were the size of a large dog (or a small horse) down there. Simply position said dog (horse) sufficiently far away and then admire your manhood in comparison with the flattering benefit of perspective.

It's easy to see the low-hanging fruit with hindsight

Illusions of perspective can help low self-esteem in other situations. For example, we all seem a lot smarter when we look at problems in hindsight. I mean, obviously you do the most imprtant, least risky jobs first in case you run out of time and resources to do them later on, right? Every fool knows that. One way we can feel superior is to watch other people wasting time and effort "sweating the small stuff". I mean, duh!

But we've all done it. And we all continue to do it. It's a ubiquitous problem, and it applies whenever we have limited time and/or resources and a choice of problems to solve - or battles to fight. Choosing our battles is half the skill in life, and yet we do rather seem to be blind to that in many situations where it definitely applies. Indeed, it's the overriding skill in time management, and we could all benefit from more of that, I'm sure.

So I shouldn't be too surprised if it takes many months for a client to slowly come round to the idea that it would be better to tackle the most valuable projects first. With hindsight, I may wonder what took them so long. But it took me years, so I guess I have my answer.
Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago on December 13, 2006