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If you're a procrastinator, you can't help but delay work. And that's true for the small and big tasks.

Sure, everybody fears to step outside of their comfort zone - that's why we call them comfort zones. It takes courage to make a bold move.

But it sure doesn't take any courage to complete small tasks like paying bills, printing out something for your boss, doing taxes, etc.

The truth is: Procrastination has nothing to do with what you're trying to do - small or big, it can wait until later. It can always wait, right?

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Then, you think: I might as well watch one episode of Game Of Thrones. Then, a video on YouTube-and then another one. Then, a little bit of Instagram browsing. And so forth.

It always ends with a bang: "This is the last time I'm wasting my time! "

Distractions, other ideas, other opportunities, failure, negative self-talk, etc, would get in the way.

And the results are always the same: You never get anything done.

To me, the key finding from the study by Dianne Tice and Roy Baumeister is this:

Self-regulation, self-con...

It doesn't really matter why you procrastinate. Some love the pressure of deadlines. Some are afraid to fail so they put it off until the very last moment.

One thing that all procrastinators have in common is that procrastination has a price.

The fact is that, if you want to get things done, you need rules.

What are some things that research proved to be effective?

  • Self-imposed deadlines.
  • Accountability systems (commitment with friends, or a coach).

The deadlines create urgency, accountability will create responsibility, working in intervals improves your focus, exercising will give you more energy, so does a healthy diet, and eliminating distractions will take away the temptations.

But there's no system that can help you if you don't...

Distractions, other ideas, other opportunities, failure, negative self-talk, etc, would get in the way.

And the results are always the same: You never get anything done.

To me, the key finding from the study by Dianne Tice and Roy Baumeister is this:

"The present evidence sug...

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Procrastination has a price. It's related to:

  • Depression
  • Irrational beliefs
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  • Anxiety
  • Stress

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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 cycle: procrastination itself causes shame and guilt — which in turn leads people to procrastinate even f...

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Tailor your to-do lists

Use the 1-3-5 rule when putting together her daily to-do list.

On any given day, set nine goals for yourself: 
  • one big-ticket project to tackle
  • three medium tasks
  • five small things. 

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