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How to Stop Procrastinating in 5 Simple Steps

Stop Procrastinating

How to stop procrastinating

Many natural procrastinators I know  are people who are praised for their intelligence, and misinterpret that as a sign that they don’t need to have structure for their brain’s daily activities, and don’t need to give it the proper respect and exercise that it requires and deserves. So they neglect it – let it run wild on the internet, gorge itself in spending all the time doing nothing except scrolling most of the time on social media’s, and allow it to lapse into a vicious cycle of unaccountable information binging and inevitable self loathing.

Your brain adapts to, and then perpetuates, the habits to which it is constantly exposed. That fact doesn’t work in your favor right now, but you can change that. My suggestion on how to stop procrastinatings:

1) Structure your time. By scheduling your daily activities, you provide a motivation to be present and diligent for your responsibilities. Plus, this will discourage the huge, unhealthy blocks of surf time that arise when you don’t plan your time out ahead. As far as skill acquisition like studying goes, I recommend time management methods like the Pomodoro Technique to give your brain a healthy routine length. You may also want to invest in a timer, or a program that acts like one, so you can monitor how much time you’re actually spending plugged in, and hold yourself accountable for it in the future.

This tip also extends to structuring your sleep schedule. There’s always the internet. Learn to pull the plug, even when you don’t feel like you want to stop, and get your 6-8 hours a night. It does wonders for your self-control, self-image, and your presence in real life as opposed to inside your head. Like that’s the first step you have to do to stop procrastinating guys!

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2) Figure out why you procrastinate. Procrastination is a type of experiential avoidance that causes itself through an unwillingness to feel uncomfortable emotions, or be in unpleasant situations, even at personal detriment. Most people in todays world are internet addicts because they want to avoid confronting their anxiety, low self-esteem, and feelings of helplessness, and in the end people end loosing themselves in their’s laptop thus giving them the  feel that they are ‘in control’. It’s different for everyone, but this attitude is rather common nowadays. You owe it to yourself to be honest about what it is you’re procrastinating from, and why you fell into the habit. It may take some reflection.
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3) Learn to tolerate, or even enjoy, putting time and effort into your work. Many  internet users in general, have been conditioned into believing that truly intelligent people don’t need to work hard at what they do. I was one such dumbfuck, good that I’ve changed now, and as you see I am managing this big motivational project!

You may, presently, also believe that you are smart enough not to study. Don’t kid yourself anymore. That’s your brain talking, spoiled by lack of discipline and fattened up on trivia that it’ll never need to use, trying to sweet-talk you into not eating broccoli and having ice cream instead. You’ve got to be a tough-love parent, and make sure your kid eats his vegetables.

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4) Incentivize your productivity. Procrastinators have a problem with delaying gratification. Technology addicts, specifically, are driven to surf by the easy ‘accomplishment’ feeling from learning tidbits of Avatar or My Little Pony trivia, or perfecting their last-hitting in LoL, or racking up no-scopes in CoD, or scrolling down in FaceBook. This is an easier way for your brain to create and savor small hits of dopamine than confronting real-life responsibilities -responsibilities that are harder, more time-consuming, and that give less obvious, more ambiguous rewards.
Personally, I totally believe in that style of discipline. Every time I accomplish a task, l give my self a small reward, no matter what the reward  it is, it feels really good, and has helped me big time to stop procrastinating.

The main thing about this mindset is that you need to invest in your personal development in terms that your tech-addicted brain is already familiar with. Think about this – if you were playing the Sims, and your Sim self needed to go to work but was playing computer games instead, would you let him stay at his laptop? HELL NO.

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5) You are not going to like the change in lifestyle. It is going to feel like shit. Accept it and power through it anyway. The emotions that an addict suffers through while quitting are sweet siren calls, seductively beseeching you to slam your ship into the rocks. Your brain is used to the habits. It likes the habits. It doesn’t want you to stop. It will present you with thoughts that tempt you to break your combo and forsake your willpower.
You are not your habits. You are not your thoughts – You Can Change Them and Build New Habits and New Thoughts and around them you build a New YOU! Your thoughts and your habits – They are the many drops of water in the ocean that you are sailing in. The waters may be stormy and fickle, and may, without the force of your will, push you into shipwreck after shipwreck. It may seem easier just to let your ship be tossed wherever the follies of your brain take it. But it is your duty to captain your ship, especially in harder waters, and wrest yourself back on course with gritted teeth and the knowledge that you are stronger than the storm.

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 Get sleep, stop fapping your brain, organize yourself, it’ll feel like shit but that’s a good sign. And  you can stop procrastinating as I did.  Don’t forget to Check out this infographic.How to Stop Procrastinating, Procrastinating chart

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Thanks for reading How To Stop Procrastinating, I hope you enjoyed it and after reading this you will try out few of these tips and beat procrastination! Please help us grow by sharing this post through social media’s, and don’t forget to subscribe on the right sidebar by leaving your e-mail this way you will get instant updates on new posts! So I hope you understood what you need to do to stop procrastinating and this guide was useful for you!

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Lawrence Bergfeld

    December 16, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I think we should all have a to do list written down for the next day before we go to bed. That way we can check of what has to be done. Whatever tasks that we have left on our list MUST be added to the next to do list because we want to avoid having unfinished business.

    Lawrence Bergfeld

    • Hristiqn Nikolov

      December 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Yes, that’s what many people do and even me sometimes. The to do list is the key to organized life.

  2. Marian

    January 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for this article, helped me as I am a big procrastinator myself. I will try to put your methods into use and see what happens. I will keep you updated! Thank you, Hristiqn.

  3. Donny

    February 5, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Great tips. Even though procrastination is tough to deal with, it’s still possible. But you need will power and consistency.

  4. Mario Ernesto Ortega

    May 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    @Lawrence B, I think if we transfer too many stuff like a carry over day to day, we end with a undoable and unrealistic todo list, the best approach would be to discard some items day to day, and leave the most important ones only, or instead of discarding them, may be transfer them to the “some day” category, ala GTD style. great post anyhow, printing it now for everyday reading.

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