We are more likely to be productive when we can anticipate pleasure and success rather than isolation and anxiety in our work.
To minimize procrastination, structure your rewards such that you will be motivated to start on the task each day.
Enjoying guilt-free play is part of a cycle that will lead you to higher levels of quality, creative work. Schedule for guilt-free play. This will give you a sense of freedom over your life and will allow you to settle more easily into short and focused periods of quality work.
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Procrastination is a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.
Certain tasks make us feel anxious. As a strategy for coping with this anxiety, many of us have developed a habit of procrastinating: put off the task...
“In order to maximize your performance in a stressful world, you must create a protected and indisputable sense of worth for yourself. Until you do, energy and concentration will be drained from work and put into preparing for imagined threats to your survival, and into procrastination as a means...
The self-talk of procrastinators suggests and reinforces feelings of burden, victimhood, and resistance to authority. Learning to challenge and replace negative internal dialogue helps you free yourself from attitudes that may currently be holding you back.
“If early training has caused you to associate work with pain and humiliation, then just approaching an intimidating or unpleasant task can bring on a reliving of criticism, not only from your current boss but from parents, previous bosses, and teachers. Every insecurity bubbles up to your co...
There are always activities that we willingly dive into with enthusiasm.
Habits are learned when an activity is instantly followed by a reward. Procrastination is rewarding because it provides temporary relief from our stress and anxiety. We use procrastina...
“Keep on starting and finishing will take care of itself.”
The easiest way to procrastinate less and boost productivity is to keep a log of how you spend your time.
So for a few days, simply record exactly how you’re spending every minute of your day. This will alert you to many areas of inefficiency and lost time.
It is a time-planning method developed to tackle many procrastination-related problems.
Instead of scheduling the very thing you’re procrastinating on (work), you first schedule fixed commitments (e.g., meals, commute, sleep), self-care activities (e.g., me...
“Working in the flow state or in the zone removes the emotional need to procrastinate and accelerates your progress toward your goals.”
When you catch yourself worrying, prepare yourself for that danger. Once you know you’re ready for the worst-case scenario, you’ll calm down and be able to get to work.
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