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This Strategy Makes Procrastination Impossible

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This Strategy Makes Procrastination Impossible
How often have you started a new habit that you already quit after several days? If you're like me in the past, the answer is something like, "all the time." Forming a new habit is hard. I don't have to tell you that. We all know how difficult it is to live a prosperous and healthy life.

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A new habit should feel easy

The action itself is not easy. But the first 2 minutes should be easy. And you can scale down nearly any habit or activity into a 2-minute version.

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Start small and keep going

Look at what you want to achieve in your life and then form the habits will make that happen.

When you haven’t even started something, the end result seems a million miles ...

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The #1 skill to overcome procrastination

Facing a task, experiencing the uncomfortable emotions associated with it and doing the task despite those  emotions.

Procrastination is an emotion management problem

Happens when we feel uncomfortable (anxiety, overwhelm ) toward a task. We want to do it, but end up doing something else that feels better.  We run away from our negative thoughts and emotions.

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It rationalizes the shit out of anything that’s just a little bit uncomfortable and create excuses as to why we shouldn’t do something now. Those excuses are irrational, but sound superficially reasonable.