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Especially for tasks that are not defined and poorly structured.
This means thinking about when, where, and how you’re going to do them. Move from broad goal intentions to specific implementation intentions.
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Procrastination is fundamentally an emotional reaction to what you have to do. The more aversive a task is to you, the more you’ll resist it, and the more likely you are to procrastinate.
You procrastinate a lot less with meaningful tasks that are intrinsically rewarding.
Research has shown that we have the tendency to treat our future-selves like complete strangers, and that’s why we give them the same kind of load that we’d give a stranger.
Be mindful of how kind you are to yourself, and watch out for times when you try to deceive yourself.
Activating the rational part of your brain to identify the costs of procrastinating is a great strategy to get unstuck.
When you notice yourself procrastinating, use your procrastination as a trigger to examine a task’s characteristics and think about what you should change.
You just need enough motivation to get started. Once we start a task, it is rarely as bad as we think: your attributions of the task change, and what you think about yourself changes, too.
Limiting how much time you spend on a task makes the task more fun, more structured, and less frustrating and difficult because you’ll always be able to see an end in sight.
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