It seems like much of my life is spent shaving yaks. The term means something roughly like - trying to complete a task that then turns into an infinite cascade of related tasks. In my own life, it might look something like this - I want to shave this yak, but I can't find a razor. When I go to the bathroom to get a razor, I discover I'm out of shaving cream. When I go to the drugstore to get shaving cream, I realize that I have prescriptions to refill. I wait in line for 15 minutes and then find out that my insurance has changed. I come home to fix my insurance information, and realize that I haven't updated my personal info on a dozen other sites. Pretty soon, I have spent half the afternoon sitting in front of the computer.
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