Procrastination seems to be a common human problem . So, would it be a good idea to assemble a large list of scientifically proven strategies for dealing with this problem? Or is the focus on procrastination too narrow in general? Would it make more sense to focus on energy, health, motivation, and meaning to attack the issue from a more holistic viewpoint?
Anyway, to get you started, here are some strategies against procrastination form the following article: To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair
Time Travel: If you are rebelling against the feeling of having to work, try projecting yourself into the future. Imagine the good feelings you will have if you stop procrastinating and finish a project (or the bad feelings you will have if you don’t finish). Kyle T. Webster
‘Just Get Started’: If you are feeling frightened of possible failure, just get started. Tell yourself you don’t have to do the whole project. Just do the first one or two steps on it. Kyle T. Webster
Forgive Yourself: If you are feeling guilty about procrastinating, stop beating yourself up. Replace the negative thoughts with something more positive. Kyle T. Webster
Easy Things First: If you are feeling a lot of dread about one task in particular on your to-do list, start with something else, preferably the task you feel most like doing. The momentum you gain will help you start the toughest task later. Kyle T. Webster
And then I’ve also found a new post about how to stop procrastinating in my mail inbox. Here’s the executive summary:
- You don’t need more willpower. You need to build a solid habit that helps you get to work.
- Getting started is the tricky part. Turn that habit into a “personal starting ritual.” It can even have some fun to it as long as it signals that in a few minutes, it’s time to get cranking.
- The most powerful habits change how you see yourself. Think about what makes you feel like someone who gets things done and make that a part of your starting ritual.
- Eat chocolate with friends. Maybe not literally, but it’s a good reminder that you need both rewards and a support network to build rock solid new habits.