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How Do You Fight Procrastination?


#21

I had a huge issue with that as well.Here’s what worked for me
I made some 5 year goals regarding financials,lifting,education,personal development and everything else that I really care about.I made sure to put only stuff I trully give a shit about
Then I made a basic plan,broke it down to monthly goals,then broke it down to daily goals
Now as soon as I wake up I write in a piece of paper what I should do for the day and try to finish everything as soon as possible
Also I have my 5 year goals stuck in the wall to make me feel as a piece of shit if I don’t take action


#22

I Leave the house and go to an internet cafe or library.

Being in close proximity to my TV/bed while and wearing comfy clothes is an absolute productivity killer for me.


#23

My approach as well.

For whatever reason, I derive a lot of satisfaction from crossing things off a to-do list.

So my work desk perpetually has a to-do list on it…and to keep myself on task, things only get added at the END of the list (so even if someone sends me a request for a shiny new project, before I start working on it, I’ll have to complete all of the things already ON the list before taking on the new task).


#24

wait for the panic monster


#25

I’ve seen this one before. What if the panic monster sucks at his job?


#26

if you’re not panicking enough then you don’t care enough about completing the task or the consequences thereof


#27

So… I guess the question has evolved into “how do you force yourself to care bout something?”.


#28

I think you already know the answer to that, Ben


#29

You don’t? Ahahahahhaha


#30

that’s why I come to the forum - to learn!


#31

I have this problem a lot. It’s easy to complete math homework or send emails, because there is a quantifiable way to know it’s completed.

Working in construction, I have to review drawings (think blue prints, but no one says that) and specifications for constructability (or, looking for errors/missing information). It’s very difficult to start a task that has no end date.

A novelist, who’s name I can’t remember, was asked how he was able to write so many books without any large gap between publications. His response: “Write 200 words per day”. The simple act of beginning a task would usually result in doing more than the daily goal. I’ve found the same is true.

In regards to constructability, my goal is to spend one hour a day, for a week, reviewing the documents. Instead of my metric for measuring the task being ‘completed’ it changes to a specified amount of time.

Sorry, I was born with a great memory. So much so, that I was in trouble when I didn’t score at least 93% on tests, because it meant I wasn’t paying attention. I also did far worse in classes that required both reading and lecturing. My first question, while reviewing the syllabus in college, was: ‘Are tests based on the book or lectures?’. The professor always assumed I was the kid who never showed up to class and was hoping they’d say it’s all in the book. Ha, I hoped they would say it was all lecture, that way I wouldn’t have to buy the book… any ways, I digress.

The answer to how I fixed this is: I started. If it was unusually difficult to start, I would employ one of two things:

  1. Set 15 minute increments of the activity, followed by 5 minutes of something I enjoy.
  2. I would set punishments for myself if I didn’t complete the task.

#32

The punishments would be steep, by the way. I would give my roommates $50 and tell them to spend it that night if I didn’t complete my paper, HW, etc.


#33

I was going to suggest cardio until I realized that even that probably doesn’t suck enough hah.


#34

It’s funny, I think going through grad school actually has helped me shed, at least some, of my procrastination ways.

I’ve had to do things in steps in order to complete it - my program is very process heavy (applied stats/analytics) so I literally have to map out the process/program/analysis before hand in order to complete it.

I used to just wing shit and get pretty good grades/results (at work) until shit started getting complicated/complex and my responsibilities started to mount.

Procrastination is the killer of time management, and if didn’t want to get booted from my program and/or fired, I had to improve my time management. Finding ways to improve time management has indirectly minimized my procrastination, and I’d like to think it’s mainly b/c my approach.

Breaking down a problem or task, when it’s complex, into smaller components really helps a lot with mitigating procrastination.


#35

Adderral. Modalert. Adrafinil (which breaks down modalert w/out prescription and you can get on Amazon)

Note, these are “or” not “and.”

Caffeine, nicotine and sudafed works in a pinch.

I just get myself shaky and wired if I am in a funk where I am trying to binge watch Netflicks.


#36

Kinda hard to get this stuff here. I’ve done some research to no avail.

I’ll consider them, probably.


#37

To add on to the discussion, do y’all think lack of interest has a great deal to do with procrastination?

Like sometimes I do sincerely wonder, I’ve (almost)never skipped a training session because I didn’t feel like it. Any suggestions on how to carry on this habits to other aspects of my life?


#38

#39

Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstacy and alcohol …

c-c-c-c-cocaiiineeeeee


#40

Very simple… Reach into your pants… If you feel two balls and a penis then get off your ass and get shit done… If its a sloppy wet Vag your shit out of luck