procrastination

What Should You Do When You Can’t Stop Procrastinating?

What Should You Do When You Can’t Stop Procrastinating?

Today, I’m going to take a slightly different approach to solving the issues of procrastination. As a consequence, you will hopefully see procrastination from a wholly unique perspective.

Let’s take a moment to reflect, firstly: sometimes, you try, but you simply can’t stop procrastinating.

“I’ve scanned all of the productivity textbooks; I’ve signed up to all sorts of habit-tracking software; And, yet, I literally can’t stop procrastinating! What under the sweet wrath of the heavens should I do?”

Anger, guilt and depression means we can't stop procrastinating.

Most people would tell you how to let go of the procrastination so that you can get back to being fully productive. While this advice should definitely not be ignored, it doesn’t always work effectively.

This is primarily due to the immense difficulty in making a gargantuan leap: from an upsetting state of procrastination to a willpower-abundant state of ultimate productivity.

In this article, I will show you how to minimise the impact of your “wasted time”. Rather than resorting to social media, you could do an easy but still somewhat productive task during your downtime.

However, this technique has some obvious caveats, as discussed later.

Before discussing that, though, you must first understand what you should ideally do if you’re procrastinating.

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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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How to Increase Your Work Efficiency Right Now: Set a Timer!

How to Increase Your Work Efficiency Right Now: Set a Timer!

If you want to work with the utmost focus, you must have a timer ticking in your ear. Feel its regular, robotic rhythm. As a result of this artificial imprisonment, you will increase your work efficiency.

Even though it may sound utterly monotonous, living each day by the tick-tock of the productivity clock is rather blissful.

And that’s for a good reason, too.

Despite being aware of the Pomodoro technique (25-minute timer), I did not always take advantage of it. Instead, I worked long, laborious days with no foreseeable end.

Since then, I have timed my work habitually such that my work efficiency has increased dramatically.

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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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Want to Take Control of Your Time? Stop Being Impulsive Now!

Want to Take Control of Your Time? Stop Being Impulsive Now!

Are you struggling to manage your time effectively as a student because you can never take control of your time? If so, acting deliberately and stopping impulsiveness from hijacking your life is the most important thing you can do.

No matter who you are, it is imperative that you take control of your time in order to live a purposeful life!

If you want to achieve your goals—excel in those exams—then effective time management is your friend: it is, after all, incredibly important for students who want to live a successful, meaningful life.

However, managing your time is not a passive process; rather, it is the act of taking deliberate control of your life. Easier said than done.

So, in this article, I will share how impulsiveness is robbing your time like the silent assassin it is. What’s more, you’ll learn the techniques I’ve used to stop impulsiveness and regain control of my time.

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Resist your brain's impulsiveness and take control of your time

What Is Impulsiveness and Why Is It Bad?

Impulsiveness: killer of productivity and everything else that is good.

Contrasting the concept of time management, impulsiveness is the quality of giving in to short-term gratification rather than pursuing long-term advantages.

Moreover, being impulsive is when you say, “Oh, look! There are some boxes that need cleaning out, so I better do that before it’s too late!” But “too late” is merely an illusion.

Or, perhaps more relatable to you:

“What’s that, Fred? It seems like I’ve heard a nice little “ping”, meaning someone has messaged me on Discord Inc!”

Now that bellows procrastination like nothing else.

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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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How to Kill Your Stubborn Sleep Procrastination Depression

How to Kill Your Stubborn Sleep Procrastination Depression

What is Sleep Procrastination Depression?

With all of these menacing technological devices taking over our lives, getting to sleep early is beyond just “difficult”. Accordingly, the rise of sleep procrastination depression is becoming an increasingly severe problem for us all.

Ignoring the time promotes sleep procrastination depression

While computer technology can be fundamental for your productivity, I couldn’t rely on it always: somehow, the Internet will try to throw my ideals out the window; that will subsequently commence the negative spiral of sleep procrastination.

In fact, it is entirely possible that you are a victim of this practice—sleep procrastination—without realising.

Sleep procrastination is, to clarify:

The practice of delaying the process of going to bed thus resulting in later-than-ideal bedtimes. Consequently, this will likely lead to sleep deprivation and/or inadequate quality of sleep.

Evidently, nobody aims to procrastinate on their sleep, hence the depression part.

When you give in to sleep procrastination occurs just once, you will find trouble due to the associated negative spiral; one late night induces a negative multiplier effect creating increasingly worse situations for yourself.

To demonstrate, here is how this negative spiral of sleep procrastination depression might look like:

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How to Stop Wasting Time Online: My Proven 5 Step Strategy

How to Stop Wasting Time Online: My Proven 5 Step Strategy

Stop Wasting Time Online (Fight Your YouTube Addiction)

Somewhat regrettably, I have wasted many miserable years of my life, wasting time online. In this article, I will show you how I eventually brought an end to this madness—setting myself free!

A person wasting time online by using Social Media

Before that happens, rank yourself on a scale of 1–10 based on how well this reflects you:

Due to the endless streams of distractions, wasting time online is seemingly inevitable for me. Accordingly, I have difficulty trying to exercise discipline so I can pursue greater things in life.

For example, as soon as I finish reading an article/watching a video, I am immediately tempted by the related content. Similarly, my feed is continuously begging for my bounded attention. I, therefore, waste countless hours binging on online content, which ultimately wrecks my life.

If this brief description sounds like you, then I would like to invite you to at least try my system. That is to say, give it a mere test run before reviewing the results.

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How to Save Your Time: The Most Powerful Planning Routine

How to Save Your Time: The Most Powerful Planning Routine

Why a Planning Routine (& Reviewing) is Important

How effective is a planning routine, and why is planning important? For instance, you may feel busy enough with whatever system you are currently using. Nevertheless, this does not mean that your time is being spent meaningfully.

The Power of Planning How You Want Your Life to Go

Firstly, if you want to spend your time productively, you must be proactive with your time. On the contrary, if you are reactive—letting your inbox dictate your actions—you’re doing it wrong.

Productivity calendar in a planning routine

That is to say, chase the opportunity rather than letting distractions chase you. It is, unless you proactively chase opportunity, the case that the opportunity cannot be trusted to come after you.

Just making that clear.

So, the evident solution is to be deliberate and plan your time out carefully: incorporate a planning routine in your life (which I will soon discuss).

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Should You Have Faith in Online Calendars? [Kill Procrastination]

Should You Have Faith in Online Calendars? [Kill Procrastination]

Why Would Calendars Avoid Procrastination Effectively?

If you’re not already using an online calendar, I genuinely hope this article will make you think again.

For now, however, we are not going to explore the benefits of specifically online calendars; that comes later. To begin with, why should we all be using any calendar at all?Excessive Confusion

The Problem of Procrastination and Productivity-Deficiency

The battle for productivity and against procrastination is an ongoing, ceaseless effort. That is to say, you will always encounter resistance when you need to get work done.

In order to reduce this friction, we must devise systems within our life. Why? Because your brain is flawed, imperfect, and exhaustible.

In many cases when we are given a decision, we often make the wrong choice. For example, if you have some free time, you may have quite a few options:

  • Send out some job applications because you’re unemployed
  • File your taxes, which you are late to do
  • Clean the dishes
  • Watch television for another ten hours
  • Eat pudding
  • Steal the neighbours’ Wi-Fi

Without an effective system, self-concept, and mindset, you would probably be likely to choose options 4–6. This is due to your natural tendency to gravitate towards easy things.

Consequently, the significantly more important, albeit more demanding, tasks take the back seat.

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