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Rewire your brain to beat procrastination

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Rewire your brain to beat procrastination
Have you ever found yourself staring at your phone or laptop, mindlessly checking social media or going down an internet rabbit hole when you're supposed to be doing something else? So have I. My name is Brian, and I'm addicted to information.

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Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity

... is how the brain changes (for better or worse) in response to repeated experience: the things we do often we become stronger at, and what we don't use fades away.

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Addiction to information

Addiction to information
Addiction to information, to the infinite and immediately available mental stimulation the internet offers in the form of information is real and is a perfect outlet for procrastination.

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Emotions and procrastination

Emotions and procrastination

If you noticed fear or anxiety around starting (or not finishing) a particular task, pay attention. These emotions are a great indicator of why you’re procrastinating.

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Learn yourself out of procrastination

Learn yourself out of procrastination
  • Accept that you are going to procrastinate sometimes
  • Disconnect from your smartphone. Otherwise, it will demand your attention subconsciously 
  • Be mindful with your emotions when you catch yourself procrastinating
  • Focus on one thing at a time, to avoid feeling overwhelmed
  • Take breaks
  • Celebrate your accomplishments.

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