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Avoiding action

Avoiding action

The moment you start avoiding action again, due to fear or aversion, you are re-entering a nonproductive phase.

Physical action ceases, and pointless overthinking begins.

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The end of anxiety

The end of anxiety

The moment you start acting on something, you are at the beginning of the end of the anxiety associated with that thing.

Many procrastinators are pessimists and overestimate the difficulty of the task they are avoiding. They think doing it is the hard part. But not doing it is much...

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Finishing a task

You finish a thing by starting it until it’s done.

Finishing is only a matter of starting from where you are, as many times as you have to until it’s done.

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Treat tasks individually

Treat tasks individually

What seems like a tangled cloud of open-ended old to-dos is actually a series of independent happenings, which are best treated individually.

Once you’re treating each obligation as separate from the whole bundle of “stuff to-do”, you can see that they each have a very pre...

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Anxiety associated with obligations

Anxiety associated with obligations

It comes from a misapprehension of what it will actually be like to do the work.

This anxiety is made of abstract, big-picture emotional concerns, about reputation, legacy, anxiety for the future, self-esteem, comparisons to others — worries about who you are, rather than what you’...

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Overthinking and action

Overthinking and action

If you're overthinking an idea you can actually do something about, the best thing you can do is take action now.

This doesn't mean you have to suddenly run off to make something, it just means you start taking a step forward. We tend to overthink because we fear failure, but if we ...

Taking on What You’re Avoiding

The way to tackle the work that you have been avoiding:

  • Make a list of things you have been avoiding.
  • Pick one high-priority thing in the list, and plan to execute it, even if it's a small action.
  • Tackle your task as early as possible.
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The action phase

The New Year's resolution or 'action phase' is when you're highly motivated for change. Use it to set things in motion and automate as much as you can. 

  • Put your bills on autopay
  • Start using a savings app
  • Cut out any subscriptions you don't really need.

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