Searching for procrastination on Google returned an incredible amount of advice. Here is a summary of some of the best procrastination advice from leading bloggers and authors.
#1 Procrastination Advice From Leo Babuta
In this inspiring article, he admits being a life long procrastinator and shares how ‘letting it go’ worked for him. Here is a summary of his advice:
- Pay attention to pain caused by procrastination instead of temporary comfort/pleasure it gives
- Think about the person you want to be and life you want to live. Set your purpose.
- It’s okay not to feel comfortable when confronting a change (such as leaving your temporary pleasure aside). Best things happen when you are at discomfort
Most of his advice works for me but it can vary from person to person. If you are a die-hard chronic procrastinator, his advice may not work. Nevertheless, I love his formula for it’s directness and simplicity.
#2 Procrastination Advice from Scott Young
Scott Young’s guest post on zen habits sets a very practical advice on procrastination. He suggests a three step solution to beat procrastination:
- Write a weekly goal lists right before the week ends
- Write a daily goal list for the next day every night
- During your workday, focus on completing the daily goal list only
The catch about this approach is that you need to be extremely disciplined and focused towards setting daily and weekly goal list. Such discipline can be created with the power of habits. I definitely vouch for this idea, it’s worth giving a try.
#3 Dr. Piers Steel – Leading expert in dealing with procrastination
In his satirical article, Dr. Piers Steel talks about how to become a procrastinator. Here is the summary of his advice and insight:
- Don’t be excessively pessimistic or optimistic
- Keep away from distractions
- Develop clarity by making routines and checklists
- Willpower will not beat procrastination, don’t try to use it
- Do not repress or block something from your thoughts. By doing so, you ensure that you think about it again and again
- Have clearly defined goals and tell everyone about it
For chronic procrastinators, I recommend reading his book The Procrastination Equation. If you are procrastinating to read his book, Lifehacker has a very nice poster summarizing underlying the principles mentioned in the book.
#4 Time Ferris on Procrastination
Tim Ferris talks about some remarkable ideas on procrastination in this video at Reddit. Tim cites three main reasons for procrastination:
- Not motivated enough – If you set your goal too low, you won’t be motivated enough to pump up your spirit and do your best. He recommends reading the book – The Magic of Thinking Big.
- Not managing time well – Using the available time effectively can be the most important art you can learn. He recommends reading the book – The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker to master the art of using time.
- Anxiety – Anxiety is caused by fear of failure and setting your goals too big. To get rid of anxiety, he recommends reading the book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.
#5 Advice from Oliver Emberton
Oliver Emberton wrote an interesting answer on Quora on procrastination. Here is a summary of his advice:
- Build a routine of positive and negative reinforcement
- Incite Emotions, our reptile brain responds to emotions
- Force Start, biggest resistance is to get started
- Conductive Environment. Good environment around your place of work has positive impact
Visit Forbes.com to read the full article.
Understanding your own pattern of procrastination is the key towards getting rid of it. These advices can help you look at procrastination pattern from various angles, but you still need to do the job of identifying them.
Get started with identifying your patterns. Take pen and paper and throw your procrastination out of the window!