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Slow Twitch and Fast Twitch Brains

Muscles are built from two types of fibers-- fast twitch and slow twitch. Slow twitch fibers fire slowly, but are more efficient with oxygen use, making them suitable for the long punishment of a marathon. Fast twitch fibers don't use energy as efficiently, but they fire faster, making them good for sprinting.

Brains aren't made of muscle, but as I've observed how different people work, I've come to think of people as having either fast twitch or slow twitch brains. Neither fast nor slow twitch muscle fiber is better than the other, but knowing which one you have can be useful.

I have a fast twitch brain. When I see an opportunity or problem, I immediately begin working on it with very little planning. I course correct as I go, which occasionally means starting over, and will finish before the slow twitch brained person would. However, my solution is likely to be hacky and have some rough edges. 


On Huan M. Nguyen

For as long as I can remember, I've struggled with procrastination.

Sometimes, it's easy to spot. The book is open on my desk and the notebook and pencil are laying right there, but the TV is on and blaring the sounds of Kingdom Hearts or Midnight Club or Ratchet & Clank, or the speakers on my computer are blasting music while I pull out a snack and then just like this run-on sentence, I've been constantly doing something, and nothing productive.

Other times, it's more insidious. One of the biggest forms of procrastination I engage in is what I call 'procrastimizing'.

Rather than getting stuff done, I fuss over cleaning my room, cleaning the apartment, cleaning in general. I do laundry, I reorganize my desk. Then I start brooding about if my organizational setup is optimal, so I start doing research about others' systems of organization and task-completion, from GTD to having a specific notebook setup.

Rather than working out, I wring my mental hands over whether my routine is optimal, how long I can stick with it for (hint: long enough that I don't need to worry about it when starting), what exact times I need to eat.

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