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Came across this article about my nemesis: Procrastination (https://medium.com/the-mission/how-to-stop-procrastinating-using-the-70-rule-f2f79c87c380) And heard a podcast from Jim Kwik about it as well (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/10-how-to-stop-procrastinating/id1208024744?i=1000384414564&mt=2) If you haven't slipped and procrastinated in a long while, how have you kept yourself on the rails?

  • LJ

    Lucas Johnson

    10 days ago #

    While I won't say I've mastered the art of beating procrastination by any means, I feel I've improved greatly in the past few years, and especially the past few months.

    It's no super secret tactic, but I've found that setting simple daily reminders on my phone (not too many to be overwhelmed!) has helped me immensely to stay on track with my goals. I believe part of the effectiveness is from simply being reminded about the task, as well as the gratification I get from "completing" the reminder. This has also helped me form positive daily habits, such as practicing French during breakfast, and listening to an audiobook at night as I wind down.

    These reminders all stem from a larger "life plan" of what I want to accomplish in the next 6 months. I won't get deep into it, but I basically specified my main 1-3 big goals for the next six months (having vague goals with no real time frame to accomplish them is just asking for procrastination), broke them down into monthly objectives, and then broke each month into weekly objectives, with checkpoints each month to ensure I'm on the right track. The daily phone reminders simply help me stay focused on my objectives for that month or week.

    If you're not a fan of notifications (I'm not either, but it's only 1-3 a day at different times), you don't have to do the phone reminders, but I highly recommend creating a "life plan" of your main objectives for the next x months or years, with specific plans to accomplish them.

    Hope that helps!

    • ZG

      Zach Grove

      9 days ago #

      I like this. what do your notifications look like -- just a reminder of your bigger 6-month goals? what do you use to set the 1-3/day notifications?

      • LJ

        Lucas Johnson

        6 days ago #

        Currently they look like this:

        10:00 - Practice French
        Very vague, but my current specific goal is to finish a French book by May 20th, so I know to read 12 pages a day in order to finish it on time.

        20:00 - Study Code
        Again vague, but I know my current goal is to become proficient in React by May 1st, and I have a Udemy course to go through and a project to build, so I know I have to listen to 2-3 hours of the course and/or work on the project.

        I no longer have the reminder for listening to an audiobook because I've gotten into a good routine of listening as I commute to cafes, markets, etc.

        They're not specific because I have the specific goals and timelines already set. They're very much only reminders of the daily tasks to reach those goals. I just use the iPhone reminder app, although I'm sure there's better apps. I just like that I can tell siri to remind me of things haha

    • GR

      Gigi Rodgers

      6 days ago #

      Damn skippy!
      I actually broke down my goals down into quarterly's for the next 2 years.
      I need to accomplish this goal by this date, etc.

      I'm WAY behind on 2 key objectives, gah!, but am putting systems in place to play catchup and crush it.

  • CT

    Carlos Tinca

    9 days ago #

    First i don't take procastination as a bad thing. I take it like a signal to start doing something else besides working of "productivity based activities". A chance to relax...

    Then, to do things i try to split them on list task with break in the middle. You can't be constantly working, so is important to relax or add light things in the middle.

    Also, i try not to mix enviroments. I try to not work on my house because in there i rest. I also try to only study in the library. That way you take out distractions and focus on what you have to do.

    • GR

      Gigi Rodgers

      6 days ago #

      Yass!
      I've started to do my work in a cafe and my productivity has skyrocketed.
      I DO constantly work, so to break up the time - when my friends ask me out to a dinner or a party - the answer is always 'yes' unless I'm on a TIGHT deadline.

      • CT

        Carlos Tinca

        6 days ago #

        How much money do you spend on a day of work in a cafe? You add that cost to your work?

        I never find so confortable work on a cafe because i feel like i beign watched for not spending enough.

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