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These Last Hours Can Be Productive
December 30, 2011

The final work day of the year is here at Numismatic News and elsewhere. I imagine that many people, myself included, are not exactly setting records for output.

Now I know that can be taken to mean that we are all goofing off. That isn’t necessarily so, or even a bad thing if it were true.

Letting the mind wander away from the immediate task at hand from time to time often leads to greater creativity and productivity.

In fact, I get some of my best work ideas when I am not even at work. I can be out walking, having my first cup of coffee in the morning, or staring at myself in the mirror as I shave.

You never know when a good idea will come along. It might even be as I watch the clock mark the last hours of this year.

I have to write a column soon about my annual forecasts to let everyone know how humble my powers of forecasting 2011 events actually are. Then I have to come up with forecasts for what will happen in 2012. It is amazing what variety of thoughts occur to me in this annual exercise.

What I do know is this is a great hobby to participate in and I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2012.

And if you happen to know where gold is going, slip that information my way.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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