5 Tips for Overcoming Procrastination - CrucialSkills, the official VitalSmarts blog
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One of the reasons people lose their enthusiasm for being efficient and productive is that it can feel like a relentless grind—there’s always more to do
If I have a lot to get done, I’ll make some reasonable commitments to get things done but I also allow time for renewal before diving back into work
Also, treat yourself as you would a valued employee—give lots of praise and encouragement for the great stuff you get done.
Psychologist Roy Baumeister has shown that your motivation is a finite resource. I find this to be especially true in the grind of tasks that are hard to enjoy.
Think of yourself in third person. Rather than forcing Joseph into a writing death march on Monday, I focus on some amount of a task that would feel meaningful and satisfying to complete.
Behavioral economists have shown that making good choices is easy if you don’t have to act on them now. Hyperbolic discounting — the tendency to overvalue rewards now and undervalue them later.
Be faithful to your calendar; if it says I'm supposed to do something, I tend to do it. So, I look ahead to uncommitted blocks of time and plug in a commitment to focus on a particular task.
Upon entering a hotel room, I grab the free pad of paper on the desk and make a list of the five things I want to get done before dinner. Then I draw a little empty box next to each.
There is a satisfaction in ticking off the boxes, that motivates to get work done.
When I have long tasks to complete—ones that will require multiple work sessions—I’m careful to stop my work at a place that makes it easier (and more pleasant) for me to pick it back up later.
For example, if I am in a groove and have a story going that I am enjoying writing, I intentionally stop before I finish it so I can look forward to jumping back in.
Develop a habit of stopping and feeling the earned satisfaction from getting a block of work finished.
This creates new neural connections that associate productivity with pleasure rather than resentment.
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