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Cure Your Procrastination With This One Mental Shift

February 16th, 2018

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The irony of my current situation is not lost on me. It’s 8pm, the night before this blog post is scheduled to go live, and I’ve just now sat down to write it. So there you have it: full disclosure that, while the trick I’ll talk about here is certainly effective, the truth is that procrastination, as a bad habit, is one tough nut to crack.

I’ve been a procrastinator all my life, and honestly, I don’t feel that it ever kept me from being happy or successful in school or at work. But what it did do, I recently realized, is put me all-too-often in a state of dread. Whether out to dinner or even on vacation, I’d find myself dreading the one big task I’d been putting off — a college paper, unpacking from a trip, laundry (the worst), an uncomfortable e-mail. If I wasn’t especially excited about it, I’d let it fester in my mind, filling me with an angst that wouldn’t go away. And you know what would happen when I finally got around to the task? I’d think to myself, “Hm, that wasn’t so bad.”

Well, a few months ago, I decided I was tired of procrastinating.

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  1. […] featured image from lauren conrad The irony of my current situation is not lost on me. It’s 8pm, the night before this blog post is scheduled to go live, and I’ve just now sat down to write it. So there you have it: full disclosure that, while the trick I’ll talk about here is certainly effective, the truth is that procrastination, as a bad habit, is one tough nut to crack. I’ve been a procrastinator all my life, and honestly, I don’t feel that it ever kept me from being happy or successful in school or at work. But what it did do, I recently realized, is put me all-too-often in a state of dread. Whether out to dinner or even on vacation, I’d find myself dreading the one big task I’d been putting off — a college paper, unpacking from a trip, laundry (the worst), an uncomfortable e-mail. If …see the slideshow here […]

    • minashe says:

      It is a great trick ! I’m a huge procrastinator, after reading the book the Now Habbit from Neil Fiore (which i really recommend), it really changed my mind about why we procrastinate. And it is all about our minds trying to rebel against things we feel obliged to do without remembering the why we do it : For example if we need to do the laundry, we think about how boring it is but instead if we think about how good it feels to have good smelling clothes, the lavender smells and all, we would totally want to do it !

  2. […] featured image from lauren conrad The irony of my current situation is not lost on me. It’s 8pm, the night before this blog post is scheduled to go live, and I’ve just now sat down to write it. So there you have it: full disclosure that, while the trick I’ll talk about here is certainly effective, the truth is that procrastination, as a bad habit, is one tough nut to crack. I’ve been a procrastinator all my life, and honestly, I don’t feel that it ever kept me from being happy or successful in school or at work. But what it did do, I recently realized, is put me all-too-often in a state of dread. Whether out to dinner or even on vacation, I’d find myself dreading the one big task I’d been putting off — a college paper, unpacking from a trip, laundry (the worst), an uncomfortable e-mail. If …see the slideshow here […]

  3. Eva says:

    I’ll definitely think about this – as I’m a terrible procrastinator too. It never comes from not wanting to do the work though. I find that my procrastination comes from having so many ideas and things I need to accomplish that I can’t decide on where to start. I recently started implementing the MIT idea, which is easy: do the Most Important Thing FIRST! I find myself writing blog posts the night before, and I’m now much more likely to get them started earlier so that I can actually do other things the rest of the day. I’m going to be trying your trick out ASAP though!

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

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  7. Marissa says:

    Thank you for such a welcome and helpful tip! I have a question for you regarding decision fatigue. I have loved implementing mindfulness into my daily routine to help me make better decisions and make necessary changes, but when you’re actively making a decision for every situation, by the end of the day I no longer have the mental capacity to make a decision that benefits me. Have you run into decision fatigue while trying this? And if so, have you found a way to cope?

    • Chanel Dror says:

      Hm… that’s a good question. I find that typically when I’ve filled my day with productivity and good decisions, one of two things happen. Either I feel totally justified in rewarding myself with a bit of non-productivity (TV, drinks with friends, etc.) OR, I feel so energized that I want to keep the productivity party going until bed time. When I do get to the point of “decision fatigue,” I honor my burnout and let myself just chill!

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