Victor Hugo On How to Beat Procrastination and Finish Anything You Start. - Deepstash
Motivation Isn’t Enough

We tend to rely solely on motivation and willpower to beat procrastination, but this often leads to failure to meet deadlines and follow through on our plans.

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Victor Hugo On How to Beat Procrastination and Finish Anything You Start.

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Hugo's House Arrest Strategy

When Victor Hugo struggled with procrastination and was unable to submit his book to the publisher before the deadline, He self-imposed a house arrest.

Each day, Hugo would write his book, le...

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01 - Write Down A Deadline

A good deadline is short enough to force you to take immediate action and long enough to finish the task at hand.

In Hugo’s scenario, the publisher’s five month deadline forced him to get sta...

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02 - Create negative consequences For Inaction

Use “stakes” or negative consequence, to punish yourself if you fail to meet the deadline.

For example, Hugo’s negative consequence for failure to meet his publisher’s deadline was a fine of ...

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03 - Design your desired future action

Put something in place today that will ‘lock in’ your actions tomorrow.

Hugo’s commitment device was locking away his formal clothes and buying a bottle of ink to start writing his book, and ...

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