Systems, Man & Cybernetics - July 2016 - 3

Editorial

by M.E. El-Hawary

L

ike many people in need of
information, I utilize Google
search (GS). During a recent
GS inquiry, I was rewarded with
more than 16 million entries, beginning with many that I figured wanted to market something to me. With
this realization, I thought that the
best strategy to overcome procrastination is to market the idea of not
to procrastinate to myself. At this
point, I decided to hightail it to GS,
again looking for marketing strategies, and this time its advice was on
how to develop a marketing strategy. So, I went back to square one
and paid more attention to what GS
brought me!
To start, they have comics galore
about procrastination, which I highly
recommend that you spend at least
10 min of your precious time looking through, as it is time well spent.
Just below the images of procrastinators, I noted the 14-min TED Talk
by Tim Urban: "Inside the Mind of a
Master Procrastinator." Not to disappoint you, I watched the talk, which
persuaded me to sit down and write
these lines to fulfill my promise
to IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine Managing Editor
Craig Causer to write an editorial
with procrastination as its theme. He
wanted to have a picture of me engaged in the act of procrastinating. I
considered taking a selfie while solving a Sudoku puzzle, but then recognized that doing so would play into
the hands of Tim Urban's Instant
Gratification Monkey (IGM) and, lo
and behold, I would end up waking

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Instant Gratification
Monkey, Panic
Monster, and Other
Creatures of Lore
publishing page budget. At this point, I
Urban's Panic Monster with undewould like to hear from you as to your
sirable consequences.
views so that we may serve you better.
Now, for matters relevant to IEEE
Another area that I like to hear
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magviews on is the type of columns you
azine, its scope, and its coverage, as
wish to see includwe approach the
ed in the magazine.
conclusion of the
Should we publish
second publishing
I considered
abstracts of recentyear: It has been
taking a selfie
ly completed theses
our vision to strike
while solving a
in our areas? How
a balance between
about job openthe areas covered by
Sudoku puzzle,
ings? New promothe Society's transbut then recogtions and accolades
actions, as well as
nized that doing
should be of interest
covering technically
so would play into
to our readership. I
informative review/
think the earlier "lettutorial areas at the
the hands of Tim
ters to the editor" is
forefront of our techUrban's Instant
a feature that may
nologies. While it is
Gratification
renew some interest
theoretically possiMonkey.
in otherwise uncovble to strive to meet
ered areas. Write
these goals, it is not
me, will you? Othpossible in practice
erwise, without a deadline, the IGM
to achieve them on an issue-by-issue
wins again.
basis. One way in which to gauge how
As I was close to finishing this
closely we come to meeting these goals
editorial, I went (again) to GS and
is to look at the front cover of each
searched for: "how to write a great
issue as an indication of the orientation
editorial," this time to find 92.2 million
of the technical articles within these
items. I am now safely back to wish
covers. The constraints within which
you a good summer, or what is left of it.
we operate include contributors' availCheers!
ability, time, motivation, and annual

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