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Laziness Does Not Exist – E Price – Medium
People do not choose to fail or disappoint. No one wants to feel incapable, apathetic, or ineffective. If you look at a person’s action (or inaction) and see only laziness, you are missing key details. There is always an explanation. There are always barriers. Just because you can’t see them, or don’t view them as legitimate, doesn’t mean they’re not there. Look harder.
procrastination  psychology  executive-function 
12 hours ago by oldrubberboots
9 Entrepreneurs Share Weird Ways They Manage Time Effectively — Timing Blog
"My second tip is to roll with the punches. One mistake I see people make all the time is trying to stick perfectly to this idealistic schedule that they’ve created. But life happens. Just because you’ve planned your entire day doesn’t mean that your day is entirely rigid. In fact, you may never have a day go exactly as you’ve planned it! But that’s ok. Former U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower once said, ‘plans are useless, but planning is everything.’ It’s the not the plan for your perfect day that helps you be more productive, it’s the thought you’ve given to directing your attention in the direction you want it to go."
productivity  procrastination  guide 
20 hours ago by sandykoe
How To Increase Your Willpower? Just 10 Simple But Powerful Tricks
7. Take on a willpower workout.

If you want to strengthen a muscle in your body, you use it. It’s the same for the metaphorical muscle of willpower: people who exercise their willpower frequently often have better self-control.

In Willpower, Tierney cites one study in which students were asked to watch their posture for a week. At the end of the week, those students performed better on self-control tasks — tasks that had nothing to do with sitting up straight — than students who had not been exercising control all week.

Other ideas for working out your willpower muscle include not using contractions when you speak, only speaking in complete sentences, saying no instead of nah or yes instead of yeah, or avoiding the use of profanities. “All these things require mental effort,” says Tierney, “And the more you do that, the more it builds up that muscle.”

Sleep, Meditate, Exercise
procrastination  life  guide  productivity 
23 hours ago by sandykoe
Optimize Your Life Using the Science Behind Building Habits — Timing Blog
What happens when you smoke a cigarette, or snort a line of cocaine? You get an instant rush of pleasure, even though you’re destroying your health in the process. Now compare that to trying to meditate for thirty minutes, assuming you don’t already have a meditation habit built. You’re twitchy, distracted, your mind wanders, you get bored… and you’re going to struggle even more on day two, because yesterday was so difficult. Yes, in the long-run meditation will start providing its own reward and you’ll find it easy to maintain — but that doesn’t help you start today.

So how do you hack your brain, and make yourself more productive? Does this mean you have to start smoking while you meditate? Thankfully, nothing so drastic. Develop a rewards based system, like something as simple as a square of dark chocolate after a workout, or a coffee with a friend. The danger here is choosing something that you won’t be able to switch off from. Playing 15 minutes of video games after 90 minutes of working, for example, won’t do the trick, as you’ll find yourself getting wrapped up in the very thing that’s meant to keep you focused in the long run. You’re going to find your timing goes out of the window, and you’ll wind up being even more frustrated with yourself.
Does this mean we can eat all the cookies we want, and still be successful? Not quite. Like any muscle you’d work on in the gym, you need to flex your willpower in order for it not to wither away. Quite the opposite of the ego-depletion theory, in fact. The more you use your willpower, the more you’ll have. Kelly McGonigal, Stanford psychologist and author of The Willpower Instinct says: “Willpower is the ability to align yourself with the brain system that is thinking about long-term goals — that is thinking about big values rather than short-term needs or desires.” Which brings us back to habits. Create the habit of working towards the future, rather than the short term, and you’ll find your willpower becomes stronger.

It’s not just the habit of willpower itself that creates a stronger mindset, though. Studies have shown that lifestyle changes like meditation and a plant-based diet also result in greater willpower. Naturally, the more changes you successfully make to your daily routine, the easier you’ll find it to continue making them. For instance, a disciplined gym routine will help you in your work life, and vice versa.
guide  procrastination  apps  productivity 
yesterday by sandykoe
Procrastinator? How to Manage Your Time With Micro-Progress — Timing Blog
Why would something that should be so easy create such a feeling of success when it’s completed in hours?

The answer’s simple: you’re congratulating yourself on every little step, because it’s that hard. When we calibrate our brains to appreciate the many amazing things we do every day, we’re getting constant hits of dopamine, the happy hormone.

The dopamine has several results. We feel pleased with ourselves, and we also feel inspired to recreate the event for more. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by a huge task, like creating a new website for your business, then breaking it down doesn’t just make it more manageable. It also means you’ll be getting a steady stream of dopamine that makes you feel good and makes you want to keep going.
guide  apps  procrastination  productivity 
yesterday by sandykoe
Deadlines: MIT Research Shows You'll Work Faster And Smarter If Someone Else Sets Them For You
Deadlines: MIT Research Shows You'll Work Faster And Smarter If Someone Else Sets Them For You via Instapaper
procrastination  writing 
6 days ago by craniac
Science Says This 5-Second Rule Will Make Your Brain Stop Procrastinating (Thomas K.) |
I've been meaning to write this column for some time. The reason I'm finally getting to it is because it's an excuse to avoid doing something else. Let's face it, few of us, if we're honest, wouldn't confess to occasionally procrastinating.
decision-making  procrastination  productivity  psychology  stress 
6 days ago by kogakure
People Are Bad at Being Productive in a Limited Time - The Atlantic
Why do people feel this way? It isn’t clear yet, says Tonietto. There are some theories that suggest the thing someone is paying attention to feels physically closer than it really is. Perhaps that meeting with a friend or that work party looming in the distance feels closer, or larger—somehow more in need of time—than it truly is.

On a practical level, she suggests that scheduling things back to back may actually improve productivity. If you schedule in an hour between meetings, chances are you won’t use that time well. Furthermore, it pays to break big tasks down into smaller ones, so that you can reach a goal even in a shorter period of time. People tend to like the feeling of accomplishment that comes from finishing something, and if you’re afraid you won’t be able to complete it, you might not start at all. You might check your email again, read a good article in The Atlantic—and before you know it, the time has flown
procrastination  time-management 
8 days ago by thegrandnarrative

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