Procrastination is (mostly) bollocks

I know exactly how late I can leave something before I have to get it done, to a standard acceptable to me.

If you don’t work for it, you don’t really want it. You can’t make yourself want it.

On the other hand, there are a few emotional barriers to doing something that everyone should overcome. The one really useful tip I got from Neil Fiore’s The Now Habit is simply: stop worrying about finishing. Focus all your energy on starting. If you start enough times, you will finish.

It’s been a good three years since I read the book, so I don’t remember if he talks about the nature of gratification in the human brain. Human brains are not wired to consider very long lengths of time into the future. The best you can do is to form a positive habit cycle that rewards you now for behaviour that’s conducive to your long-term goals.

Again, James Clear gives it such a good explanation that I’d just be stealing his content to say the same thing. I did steal this image below though, because some of you are lazy and won’t click through yet.

Stop beating yourself up for procrastinating. Just form a habit of starting, and you’ll get where you want to be. Unless you don’t want it, that is.

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Author: Stuart Hughes

Twenty-something from the hills and vales of Wales, grappling with the logistics of becoming a little more cosmopolitan.

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