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How To Beat Procrastination (backed by science)

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How To Beat Procrastination (backed by science)
Procrastination is the destroyer of our dreams. Every time we don't do the things we should or want, we're putting off our lives. It's not innocent behavior. In this article, I'll show you how to beat procrastination so you can live the life you desire.

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Procrastination has a price. It's related to:

Procrastination has a price. It's related to:
  • Depression
  • Irrational beliefs
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

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Willpower Doesn’t Work. Systems Do.

Willpower Doesn’t Work. Systems Do.

People shy away from routines, systems and frameworks because they want to have “freedom.” But in order to get things done, you need rules.

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To get things done, research found effective:

To get things done, research found effective:
  • Self-imposed deadlines.
  • Accountability systems (commitment with friends, or a coach).
  • Working/studying in intervals.
  • Exercising 30 minutes a day.
  • A healthy diet.
  • Eliminating distractions.
  • And most importantly: Internal motivation.

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