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How to Develop Mental Discipline: Just Stop Thinking

How to Develop Mental Discipline: Just Stop Thinking

If you’re struggling to stay productive, you may be overthinking life. By thinking less, you will develop the mental discipline to break out of procrastination before it’s too late.

But you may be thinking,

“What do you mean — do I have to stop using my mind? How can I be productive if I can’t reason or use logic?”

If you’ve studied meditation to any extent, you will be familiar with the concept of a thinking mind and an observer. Between these two entities, there lies a crucial distinction.

Firstly, the intellectual mind is the part of you that uses logic. Also, it is always trying to explain, justify, rationalise, and reason.

The left brain is logical and the right creative. Develop mental discipline over these: stop thinking.

Indeed, these are all useful functions for human dominance, though, this part of the mind can be excessive; it is not turned off nearly as often as it should be.

Secondly, the observer is your awareness of the world — your consciousness. Not only does it include your experience of the five senses, but it allows you to observe your own (intellectual) mind.

Therefore, you are able to “listen to yourself” (in your head) and even argue with yourself — absurd!

Henceforth in this article, I will use this model to explain how mental stimulation affects productivity. This is based on reflections of my own experience, so think carefully about how you can incorporate this information into your own life.

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Time Denial: Conquer This Bad Habit and Reclaim Your Time

Time Denial: Conquer This Bad Habit and Reclaim Your Time

If there’s something I’ve come to realise over the previous few days, it’s the concept of time denial. But what is the thing and why does it matter anyway? Let me first paint the background:

Time denial is not new to me. Neither would it be unique to me.

Often, during the lower points of my life, procrastination was a significant issue. Moreover, it had numerous ways of manifesting itself, including:

  • Getting carried away and not being able to let go of an activity
  • …thus resulting in a self-sustaining cycle of sleep deprivation.
  • Putting off important but difficult tasks.
  • Being effortlessly distracted by trivial matters.
  • Disheartening depression, gargantuan guilt, and restless regret.
  • Living in ignorance and sheer denial of the time.
Time denial causes laziness and procrastination like a child ignoring his parents.

The Symptoms of Time Denial

What I’ve come to realise is that the demons of our nature despise one thing: time.

When procrastinating, we love to ignore time. We love to pretend that our actions have no consequences. We love to take the easy path.

However, you ought to remove your rose-tinted glasses when I tell you that you’re living in denial of the truth; you pretend that time has no existence to make yourself feel better about your procrastination.

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Should You Sleep or Study All Night? You’ll Hate the Truth

Should You Sleep or Study All Night? You’ll Hate the Truth

We’ve all been there: the anxiety kicks in the day prior to a rather frightening examination. And now you’re asking yourself, should I sleep or study all night?

Perhaps it isn’t even a particularly threatening exam, but you simply feel obliged to cram in the facts.

However, this is not necessarily the way to go. Further into this article, I’ll soon show you this with a brief story of my experience.

Staying up late and studying is, in fact, the perfect recipe for academic failure.

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How to Stop Getting Carried Away in a Task and Delay It

How to Stop Getting Carried Away in a Task and Delay It

A Unique Type of Procrastination: Getting Carried Away in Work

Today, I’m going to show you an idea to help you stop getting carried away in almost any task. Wait, what? That’s right: stop reading that book, stop writing that essay, and stop doing your homework!

A workaholic staying in the office late after working hours
Don’t burn yourself out and respect your mental health.

Whilst attempting to end your procrastination, you might have stumbled upon the concept of “momentum”. In essence, this is what causes you to get carried away in work (in “the flow”).

In short, regular procrastination is due to the initial resistance of starting whatever task it is. However, once you do overcome that initial barrier, it becomes easier to continue working.

As indicated by homeostasis, humans—for the most part, at least—resist change. Learn more…

Of course, how long you can then hang onto a task depends on how often you practise doing unfavourable things; push yourself to do homework more frequently, and you slowly begin to accept it.

You may have overcome the initial procrastination, but what about the procrastination of stopping? That is to say, getting carried away so much that you resist stopping the task.

Also, note how this is a different way of looking at procrastination: when you just can’t stop getting carried away with something that will sabotage you. On the contrary, it’s typically seen as when you just can’t start an (intimidating) task.

I prefer the former since it is applicable to a wider range of scenarios.

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