Willpower Doesn‘t Work. Systems Do. - Deepstash

Willpower Doesn‘t Work. Systems Do.

What you really need is a system for doing work. A lot of people shy away from routines, systems and frameworks because they want to have "freedom."

I am sorry to disappoint you: Freedom is your enemy. The fact is that, if you want to get things done you need rules.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Do It Today: Overcome Procrastination, Improve Productivity, and Achieve More Meaningful Things

  • Slacking is an attitude of "I don't care". But if you want to make things happen in your life, you have to care.
  • And what you want is to find a middle ground where your perfectionistic tendencies drive you, but you have the calm of a slacker, and you combine that with leader resourcefulness.

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  1. Focus determines the quality of your life.
  2. No focus means no control of your attention.
  3. And No control means Frustration.
  4. We all know what frustration leads to.
  5. So start managing attention. Not your time.

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  1. Self-imposed deadlines.
  2. Accountability systems ( Commitment with friends, or a coach).
  3. Working/studying in intervals.
  4. Exercising 30 minutes a day.
  5. A healthy diet.
  6. Eliminating distractions.
  7. And most importantly: Internal motivation.

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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 have an inner drive.

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