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Productive Procrastination: How to Get Things Done by Putting Off Other Things

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Plan the Rest of Your Day

When you don't feel like working on your tasks, take a few moments to plan your day.

Even if you do it as a form of procrastination, to postpone doing the actual work, it will help you by keeping you on track for the rest of the day.

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Smaller Manageable Parts

Break the project you don't want to start into smaller pieces.

Breaking it down into small tasks and adding those to your to-do list isn't exactly fun, but it is less overwhelming than working. And it's also useful: When you finally do get around to starting, you've got a strategy.

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Clean Something

Clean something every time you don't want to get started on a work project. Don't listen to a podcast or turn on the radio. Just clean. Make it as boring as possible, so that your mind wanders.

This does two things: it delays actually working on your project and it gives you time to ...

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Tackle the Simplest Tasks

Every job involves at least a few simple tasks that don't require your full attention, and these make for great productive procrastination.

The best tasks for this have a few things in common: They need to get done, they don't require a lot of focus, and they're different enough from you...

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Take a Walk or Exercise

Any kind of exercise works. 

Use the time that you're stuck to get up and do something physical for a bit. It's good for you, and research shows that regular physical activity can also help with your cognition.

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Talk to Your Co-Workers

Reach out to your co-workers when you're stuck.

Catch up with your co-workers. See what they're working on. You'll learn something, feel better connected with the people around you, and maybe even find a little bit of inspiration.

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