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How to Stop Putting Things Off And Start Getting Stuff Done

To be honest even while writing this blog post I am procrastinating. Not willing to cope with the fear that I write the wrong words, or can’t write at all. Thinking of it there’s no logic at stake. As a result, I have to finish this piece on a Sunday evening. And during the day, it gives me a bad feeling. Why didn’t I do it this morning?, I keep repeating.

That’s an important thing to notice: procrastination is not logic. Procrastination is also not being lazy. Dr Fuschia Sirois (professor of psychology at the University of Sheffield) says it is all about avoiding unpleasant emotions. The solution lies not in trying to manage your productiveness. But in learning to cope with negative emotions.

So we procrastinate to avoid negative feelings. We end up feeling even worse:

We see our future selves as strangers, which means that a future task is not our problem.

Utterly simplified there are two types of procrastination: short term and long term. Short term procrastination have a deadline e.a. writing a paper, doing the dishes, filling in your taxes.  Long term procrastination doesn’t have one: Build your own business (here’s how I created my digital business); Start dating for real; Finally begin with losing weight. If you take this into consideration everyone is a procrastinator.

Please tell me if you’re not;-)

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