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Learn How To Stop Procrastination: From Immediate Fix To Long Term Productivity Boost!

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Learn How To Stop Procrastination: From Immediate Fix To Long Term Productivity Boost!

Have you ever planned your weekend ahead but end up doing nothing? Have you ever rushed through your essays and submit your work just a few minutes before the deadline? Are you the type of person who study just 2 days before your finals and constantly giving yourself a heart attack?

Sounds familiar? If Yes, Congratulations! You can call yourself a Procrastinator! But don’t worry, you are not alone!We have all procrastinated at least once (or still doing it) in our lives.

Luckily, procrastination is not something that we can’t fight over, we just need to better understand the root cause of it and tackle it in the right way!

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Being Lazy means not much harm, isn’t it?

Procrastination doesn’t only making you less productive, it can harm your personal reputation too!

In order to have the motivation to counter procrastination, it’s better for you to know how it can easily destroy your life by ruining your personal reputation! Now we are getting serious here!

Discovering The Reasons Why You Procrastinate.

You Should Start By Identifying The Reasons Why You Procrastinate!

Procrastination is certainly more than just lazy. It involves many different reasons such as fear, stress or just simply being perfectionist! You need to understand the root cause in order to tackle it probably and efficiently!

Why we procrastinate so easily even we know it’s not the right thing to do at that moment?

Sometimes it’s not about the willpower that we need to tackle it, it’s about tackling something bigger than procrastination. You need to understand what stops you from doing what you need to!

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Do You Know There Are Different Types of Procrastinators?

Just as said above, procrastination is more than just lazy. By understand which type of procrastinator you are, you can find a better solution to beat this anti-productive monster!

How to Deal With Procrastination?

1.How About Starting by Spotting yourself procrastinate?

It’s easy for us to procrastinate without noticing it, so by understanding what signs that indicate that you start to procrastinate helps you put solutions into actions right away!

2.Counter Attack Your Procrastination Excuses!

Prepare for it! We all give ourselves different excuses to delay our work! Here we have a list of things you can say to yourself when you find reasons to stop doing your work!

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3.Some Immediate actions to stop procrastinations

Once we spot ourselves start to procrastinate, it’s best to put in action to stop it. Something like changing the environment might help you regain focus and concentration!

4.Procrastination is a cycle so break the loop!

You might find yourself repeating during the loop of procrastination. Not willing to do the work -> Find excuses to justify -> just stop doing anything -> panic attack about upcoming deadlines -> rush through your work and so-on. By understanding this pattern, it’s easier for you to find ways and know when exactly you need to break the cycle.

5. By developing the “2-minute rule” habit, you can easily fight over procrastination!

Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. I love the 2–Minute Rule because it embraces the idea that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.

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6. If You have to procrastinate, at least do something that keeps the momentum going!

Do something simple when you really want to take a procrastiantion break! things like checking emails or start writing a list of things you need to do later can helps you relax your mind and at least keep the motivation going!

7. Use Apps like Trello that helps you better organise your time and projects

For people who tend to avoid their work,Trello provides a clear, easy-to-access space for depositing relevant information for getting things done. Once you become familiar with usingTrello, both to enter your to-do list items and to remind yourself of them, you’ll have a smoothly functioning system of recording your activities and plans.

8. Small habits that keep procrastination away!

Tackling procrastination is not a 1 time thing. It takes effort and time to take away this bad habit. Don’t rush it and start by practicing habits like setting time slots of breaks can help you get into the zone!

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9. Tailor-made your own Anti- Procrastination Plan!

We are all different and we know what work best for us. Given there are lots of options provided above, you have to decide which option is more suitable for you! Feel free to mix them up and set up your own plan!

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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