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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...
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...
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.
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...
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 h...
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, an...
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People tend to procrastinate to avoid emotionally unpleasant tasks - so they choose to focus on something that provides a temporary mood boost.
This creates a vicious cycl...
Progress on our goals feeds our well-being. So the most important thing to do is bootstrap a little progress: get a little progress, and that’s going to fuel your well-being and your motivation.
This is a self-regulatory strategy in the form of an "if-then plan": "If the phone rings, then I’m not going to answer it." "If my friends call me to say we’re going out, I’m going to say no." So you’ve already made these pre-commitments.