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Can you suggest something to leave procrastination for good?

Asked by Khajuria9 (1560 points ) March 27th, 2014

Any recommendations? Books? Websites? Habits? Exercises?
Mental stimulation?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I use a to do list of what I need to get done and then I stick to it. When you break the day down into manageable tasks and cross them off as you complete them the days goes better for me.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

The only thing that works for me is clear deadlines and the threat of horrible consequences for failure.

Bill1939's avatar

I’m like @LuckyGuy in that it takes rising anxiety to press me to act. However, I don’t need a horrible consequence, just the idea that others will be disappointed in me is enough.

LuckyGuy's avatar

To be honest, I thrive on the pressure. You can infer when I have a deliverable from the amount of time I spend on this site. As the date draws near my participation increases until reality sets in and I get 100% focused. Dire consequences work.

janbb's avatar

I don’t think you can get rid totally of a tendency toward procrastination. Like others, rising anxiety motivates me eventually to deal with unpleasant tasks. Also, as has been mentioned, writing down a list of jobs that need doing and then ticking them off helps me get going. A motivational speaker once said, “If you have a lot of frogs to swallow, swallow the biggest one first.” Sometimes I can do that and sometimes not.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I’m like @LuckyGuy, I kind of thrive on it, and keep an ongoing to-do list in my head and feel an intense pressure on myself until they’re all done.
Maybe it’s a little of my ocd, and probably not healthy for my stress levels, but it makes me get thing’s done quickly and not procrastinate.

2davidc8's avatar

You’ve asked this question before. I’ve looked up the author that I had in mind:
It’s John Perry, The Art of Procrastination. It’s a great book, and very helpful!

Also try the following, even though their emphasis is slightly different:
Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler
First Things First by Stephen Covey
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid by Robert Sternberg

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