The Wonderfully Destructive Habit of Procrastination

The Wonderfully Destructive Habit of Procrastination

Alok Kejriwal 26/08/2019 8

How often have you decided to do something & then pushed back with excuses like:

- I'll do it over the weekend

- Let me address this after lunch; a smoke; coffee; post work; in the night; at home.

- X is the start of the week or month; I will do it then (exercising)

98% of these tasks get sucked into the whirlpool of indefinite delay & land up never getting done at all.

The feeling of missing tasks is gut-wrenching. It leaves you feeling under accomplished, weak, unprepared & compromised.

Yet, we constantly continue to procrastinate even after suffering bitter regret.

What can we do to make us stop delaying? These work for me:

- Start something immediately. The action of "Starting" is 98% of the mental BLOCK you need to overcome.

- Make the work snacky and bite-sized. Write 3 slides of a 30 slide PPT. Exercise just 10 mins if you are starting new/after a gap. Watch just 1 Ted Video or read 2 industry articles a day. Do things that don't seem burdensome so that the brain doesn't resist it straight away.

- Treat yourself to tasks done. 1 hour of Netflix for a completed task. Bribe your brain with potential gain before suffering pain.

What works for you?

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  • Rob Jardine

    I avoid procrastinating by watching TED talks on a daily basis

  • Pam Laycock

    I think about my bank account, this motivates me a lot !!!

  • Svend Grønvaldt

    Whenever I am bored, I eat healthy snacks to continue my work

  • Alex Bell

    Procrastination stems from a fear of life. Discipline helps, but ultimately the fear must be addressed to truly be free.

  • Jonathan Cole

    Huge respect for you !

  • Fay Tench

    Looking at procrastination as a habit makes it seem that much easier to overcome. This was an excellent explanation.

  • Adam Vaughan

    Count 5 4 3 2 1 so you'll activate your prefrontal cortex.

  • Košarkarska Zvezda

    Do I struggle with procrastination? Nope I am really good at it.

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Alok Kejriwal

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Alok is the Co‐Founder & CEO of Games2win India Pvt Ltd. He is a serial entrepreneur who supports great ideas by partnering with the best people to make them come to life. His previous start up - Mobile2win was acquired by The Walt Disney Company (China) and by Norwest Venture Partners (India). Alok holds an MSc of Commerce in International Business from Campion School, Mumbai.

   

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