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Pychyl, in his research and during our interview, identified a number of task characteristics that make you more likely to procrastinate. Tasks that are aversive tend to:

  • Be boring
  • Be frustrating
  • Be difficult
  • Lack personal meaning and intrinsic rewards
  • Be ambiguous (you don't know how to do it)

The more negative emotions you show toward a certain task, the more likely you are to procrastinate, and according to Pychyl, "any of these [characteristics] can do it".

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  • While reading, write detailed notes in the margins and then fold the bottom corner of any page you've written on.
  • After a week or two, come back to the book and transcribe the notes you're still impressed by onto 4×6 cards.
  • Each card gets a category or theme in the top righthand corner (or you can use color-coded cards).
  • Organize the cards by category (or by chapter if you're working on a book project). This way you can move them around as you please and connect random ideas (the basis of creativity).

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