Pair up with somebody who gets things done

People who procrastinate tend to want to hide it. Many people are ashamed of their non-productive behaviour, and don't want other people to know about it. Which is very understandable. Unfortunately, it doesn't help. It might even make it worse. Nobody likes to hide in shame, so the feeling invites distracting activities. Like watching funny clips on Facebook. Or checking your e-mail for interesting messages. Or playing a game on your phone. Anything that makes you think of other things. In the mean time, the work doesn't get done. And the bad feeling ...
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Procrastination is (not) a habit

Often when you read about procrastination, the writer will say it's a habit. I tend to disagree. I believe the tendency to procrastinate is (partly) innate.  The part of  giving in to the tendency, THAT's the habit. Procrastination often functions as a flight mechanism. It takes us away from things we don't like or things we (unknowingly) fear. An unpleasant task lights up the same part of our brain as pain does. The instant gratification part of us stimulates us to give in to the short term impulse, and ignore the long term thinking. There's always ...
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Self love against procrastination

"Underlying unmet needs are the motivators for the actions we take." Tamara Laporte talks about shame and guilt, and how these emotions are harmful instead of helpful. She's not talking about procrastination, but all procrastinators know something about shame and guilt. Usually more than they care for. Low self esteem is a well known contributor to procrastination. It makes people believe they can't do something, or fear that doing something will be hard. They underestimate their capacities, and avoid activities. Procrastination contributes to their low self esteem, so there's a ...
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Challenge: can you take five?

What I'm asking of you is at least 5 minutes of your time -for as many days in a row as you dare to promise. What do you seriously procrastinate on? Think of a wish or task that's always there... That always should be done, but that never gets done. At least not the way it deserves to be done. If you've been working with the Pomodoro technique or frogs: you're probably looking for something that's worse than a frog, and you didn't even consider to put on your Pomodori ...
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