8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating

8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating:

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1. Put yourself in jail. If I feel pressure to jump in and finish something in a rush, and therefore can’t bear to start, sometimes I put myself in jail. If you’re in jail, you have all the time in the world. You have no reason to hurry, no reason to cut corners or to try to do too many things at once. You can slow down, concentrate. You can take the time to get every single detail right.

2. Ask for help. This is one of my most useful Secrets of Adulthood. Why is this so hard? I have no idea. But whenever I have trouble getting started because I don’t know exactly what to do, and I ask for help, I’m amazed at how much it…helps.

3. Remember: most decisions don’t require extensive research. I often get paralyzed by my inability to make a decision, but by reminding myself that often, one choice just isn’t that much different from another choice, I can get started. Also, I try to identify a knowledgeable person, and just follow whatever that person does.

4. Take a baby step. If you feel yourself dismayed at the prospect of the chain of awful tasks that you have to accomplish, just take one step today. Tomorrow, take the next step. The forward motion is encouraging, and before long, you’ll probably find yourself speeding toward completion. In the same vein…

5. Suffer for 15 minutes. You can do anything for fifteen minutes, and fifteen minutes, day after day, adds up surprisingly fast. That’s how I finally dug myself out of my crushing (if virtual) load of digital photos. Fifteen minutes at a time.

6. Do it first thing in the morning. The night before, vow to yourself to do the dreaded task. Get everything ready — any phone numbers of information you need, files assembled, everything ready to go. And the next day, at the first possible moment – as soon as you walk into work, or when the office opens, or whenever – just do it. Don’t allow yourself to reflect or procrastinate. This is particularly true of exercise. If you think you’ll be tempted to skip, try to work out in the morning.

7. Protect yourself from interruption. How often have you finally steeled yourself to start some difficult project, only to be interrupted the minute you get going? This makes a hard task much harder. Carve out some time to work.

8. Remember, work can be one of the most pernicious forms of procrastination. Don’t kid yourself.

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The Surprising Effect of Small Efforts over Time

The Surprising Effect of Small Efforts over Time:

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And thus another life lesson materialized, with applications to Mustachianism as well. And that lesson is that small efforts, repeated over time, will almost always surprise you.

It’s a natural weakness of the human brain that we don’t recognize this, because we have our leftover instincts of survival in the moment. But a ten dollar lunch each workday compounds to $37,600 every ten years. An extra beer or slice of bread beyond your base calorie requirements adds up to 152 pounds of fat* over the same period. A habit of being just a bit rude to your spouse in certain situations can brew itself into lifelong resentment and divorce, while a slightly different habit of patience and respect can keep you happily married for life.

For me, the habit of occasionally typing some shit into the computer has resulted in an enormous pile of articles on this blog. 360 of them, or over 1000 pages if you were to make it all into a (repetitive and poorly edited) book.  It’s a whole empire now, which automatically brings in readers and generates surprising quantities of money, and all caused by a series of individually insignificant efforts over time. And although things seem slow to me right now, with continued efforts I can surely make this place far better, finish the book that really needs to be written, and reach the right people. Then, of course, we can save the human race from destroying itself through overconsumption of its own habitat, which has been the plan all along.

So how can everyone benefit from this effect? By watching where your time goes, and making small adjustments to make sure most of those minutes are aligned with your real life goals.

Watching TV, for example, or playing massively multiplayer online games, can feel relaxing and even stimulating at times. But those hours spent relaxing and stimulating yourself can really add up, and when you tally the eventual sum of the life benefits, it ends up awfully close to zero. Many other leisure pursuits (complaining, ATV riding, shopping) often end up the same way.

The key is therefore to trick yourself into doing more things that are good for you. Not just more good things, but over time having your life be almost entirely good things.

Tiny things, like learning one new thing you were afraid of trying before. Fixing the screen on your upstairs window. Or taking a very short walk when you don’t really have the time or inclination to go for a real walk. Reading just a tiny amount of the investing book before you eat a tiny amount of raw vegetables.  I have some gymnastics rings hanging from straps mounted to part of the high ceiling in my kitchen. When I don’t feel like really working out, which is quite often, I will walk over and do just 5 pull-ups on those rings.  Over the past month or two, I’ve done this lazy cop-out routine about 100 times, which adds to 500 pull-ups, which is not such a bad thing after all.

Sooner than you think, you’ll find that your days are starting to change shape. These constant needlings from Mr. Money Mustache seemed annoying at first, but you will end up getting rid of your TV and replacing it with a library card after all, and poking around in the Reading List area of this blog. Over time, you’ll become a Self Improvement Machine, a miniature Dalai Lama with happiness beams shooting out of each of your orifices, which in turn shine onto others and make them happier. All in all, a surprising effect for such a small effort.

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WAYS TO STUDY – Study tips, Blog , Vlog, Articles, And more…

WAYS TO STUDY – Study tips, Blog , Vlog, Articles, And more…:

  1. My first tip is to turn off your phone when you are working. Another thing you can do is turn on plane mode on your phone. That way, you can easily get access to your social media during a study break, without having to turn your device off and on the whole time.
  2. Another thing you can do when your friends/loved one keeps messaging you when you should be studying is just tell them that you need to work on school and that you will speak to them in a couple of hours. If they care about you, they know your education is important for your future and give you the space to work. You know you won’t get any messages during those hours so you can’t get distracted by your phone.
  3. This is going to sound very childish but if you have no self control at all, ask someone (a parent or sibling or roommate) to hide your phone until you are done with doing your school work. It can be a little bit hard sometimes but you’ll notice that there aren’t a lot of excuses you can use to get your phone back before you are finished.
  4. Let’s take a look at this from another perspective: why are we so addicted to social media ? Our brains get a positive (prikkel) every time we get a like or a message. It simply gives us a good feeling without having to work hard for it. However, do you feel happy at the end of the day when you know you spent your whole day on social media scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, knowing that there’s nothing new going on? I don’t. (Sterker nog), I feel guilty because I wasted my day with something that doesn’t make me happy. What does make me happy? Going to bed knowing I did everything I could, knowing that my day was productive and knowing I am one step closer to my goal. In other words, I have to get things done (school, exercise, take care of myself) to get a happy feeling at the end of the day. Think about this the next time you are tempted to grab your phone when you are studying.
  5. One thing that I like to keep in mind during studying is “if it’s that important, they’ll call me”. I turn off my wifi and internet so I don’t have any access to social media but if people need to tell something important they can by calling me. Now I do have to say, I never get called by people which means that whatever is going on on social media, whatever someone texts me is not that important.
  6. **My last tip is to go to social media and look at the things that are posted in a critical way. What do you see? Someone posting something funny, an article from a magazine, a selfie, a picture of someone’s kid, photos of someone’s amazing party. Now ask yourself? Are you really interested in these things? Does this make you happy? And most importantly, is this worth your time? Because of this I stopped using Facebook and my personal Twitter and Instagram, simply because they didn’t add anything to my life, they didn’t make my happy and I felt like I was scrolling through the same kind of posts/photos every day.
  7. My last tip for you is to delete apps you can live without on your phone and only check them on another device. Now I do have to say, this only works when you are not addicted to that other device. For me that is my laptop. I don’t feel any need to turn on my laptop to check social media, which is the reason why I deleted my Facebook from my phone and now I only check it on my laptop (which is, in case you were wondering, less than once a week).

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WAYS TO STUDY – How to get disciplined

WAYS TO STUDY – Study tips, Blog , Vlog, Articles, And more…:

    1. My first tip is what I am going to call a ‘daily goals list’. Write down your goals, things you want to change or things you want to do better in your life. Now, this alone is not going to make you do the work you need to do. Write down a plan, some steps you need to follow in order to reach your goal. Make the plan something you can do every day or something you need to do at least a couple of times a week. I for example wrote down that I want to do better in school. My plan to do that is to attend all lectures, revise lecture notes every day, summarize, etc. A list like this is perfect to create a daily planner because you know what you need to do. It has another use that I like even more: at the end of the day, I grab my daily goals list, and check if I did everything I need to do in order to reach my goals. Did I attend the lecture? Check! Did I revise today’s lecture? Check! If I didn’t do something, I need to give account to myself. Why didn’t I do it? How am I going to do better tomorrow? If I didn’t have enough time, I should plan more efficiently. If I felt tired, I have to go to bed a little bit earlier and relax more in order to get my things done.

 

    1. My second tip is to breaks your tasks down into chunks that are so small that you cannot find excuses to not do it. The task will take so little effort that other tasks that you want use to procrastinate on this task will take more effort than this task. (Does this make any sense to you?) By breaking bigger tasks down into smaller tasks, it won’t feel as hard anymore and it will be easier for you to get your work done.

 

    1. My third and last tip is to create a routine in your daily life to beat procrastination. The problem with studying (or exercising or whatever you are procrastinating on) is that it feels like a chore to you because it takes so much effort and you really don’t want to do it. By creating a routine (morning routine, after school routine, weekend routine), you will notice that the things you need to do won’t feel as hard as before because you are used to it. If you are used to studying for 3 hours a day in your weekend, it won’t feel as a chore to you but something you just do every day.

 

    1. Do what you love, love what you do. This is a quote from one of my notebooks and it is so true. If you do what you love, the task won’t feel like a chore to you anymore. It is not work, it is like a hobby. Try to only do things that you love and you won’t mind working hard on it. I for example love law so when I am studying it often doesn’t even feel like studying because I am very passionate about it. If you don’t like what you are doing: fake it until you make it. Pretend like you like it, even if you don’t like it at all. Your attitude towards something can change the way you think about it. To quote the movie Paris, je t’aime: ‘By acting like a man in love, he became a man in love again.’

 

  1. Just do it. This sounds so obvious but this is the one that is the hardest: just do the work. Open your books, grab your pens, and then do it. Stop thinking of excuses, just do your work. Sometimes you have to be hard on yourself. Of course it would be great if there was a video, a quote, a picture, a tip that would make you do the work but in the end it is you who is responsible for your life and for your actions. You can decide to be lazy all day and not do a thing, but you can also get up and face it that you have to work even if you don’t want to/don’t feel like it. You have one life, and you get to decide what you want to do with it.

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WAYS TO STUDY – Studying with a busy schedule

WAYS TO STUDY – Study tips, Blog , Vlog, Articles, And more…:

    1. The first thing you are going to need is a good planning. As you cannot afford to lose any precious time it is important to use the time you have. Make a list of all the important things you need to do and try to fit in as much as possible.

 

    1. Don’t plan too much. If you know you don’t have 5 hours to study but you plan in things that will cost you 5 hours, you won’t finish your to do list and you will feel even more stressed because you couldn’t do all the things you wanted to do. Be realistic and honest when you are making a planning.

 

    1. Get up as early as possible to do the things you want to do. I think mornings are amazing to get work done because it is so quiet and nobody expects anything from you everyone else is asleep. There aren’t a lot of people on social media and if you live in a house with multiple people like I do it will be great to have a few hours of quietness in the house. While the whole world is sleeping, you are chasing your dreams.

 

    1. Try to multitask. If you have to sit in the bus for an hour to get home, use that hour to your advantage and study/revise something. Especially if you have to do other things first when you get home like cooking or playing sports. I personally like to write articles in the train or edit pictures or new videos.

 

  1. If you have classes where you barely learn something, do something else instead. Not every teacher will allow this but in my university the professor won’t even notice if I am summarizing his/her subject during the lectures. I mean, you spend 4-9 hours at school every day so make sure you are doing something there that is worth your time.
  2. Try to do as much as possible on days where you don’t have to do a lot. If you for example don’t have a lot of time to work on weekdays, try to finish all your homework in your weekends so you don’t have to do a lot on school days. You can also prep exams/tests by making summaries in your weekend so you only have to study a little bit on weekdays.

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You’re distracted more often than you think – A Life of Productivity

You’re distracted more often than you think – A Life of Productivity:

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The average person is distracted or interrupted every 40 seconds when working in front of a computer. This is remarkable. While it’s easy to recognize that we live in an age of distraction, to me, this number is astounding. It’s pretty hard to do good, deep work when you can’t even focus for a minute.

 

 

In the timeline of our work, our best thinking happens after this 40 second mark.

 
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How music affects your productivity

Everything you need to know about how music affects your productivity – A Life of Productivity:

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  • Music (and background noise) consumes some of our attention. The less complicated the music, the better we’re able to focus.
    • Sound is similar to distance, time, or money: it’s relative. There will be times when listening to music is the most productive thing you can do—like when you’re working in a distracting office environment, or when a couple is having a loud conversation when you’re reading at a coffee shop. Then there are times when music is less productive—like when the office is relatively quiet, or the sum of the coffee shop conversations happening around you fade into a collective hum. (This is why apps like Coffitivity can bolster our ability to focus.)
    • No matter what, the music will occupy some of your limited attention
  • Listening to music boosts your performance on habitual tasks.

     

    • With habitual tasks, it is easy to get bored. Hence music provides some arousal
    • Habitual tasks don’t consume our complete attention, hence we are still able to listen to music
  • Music can lift our mood considerably.

     

    • Music can make us very happy and boost our energy and performance
  • The more familiar you are with a song, the less of your attention it consumes.

     

    • We tend to prefer music we are familiar with (even complex ones) and we tend to be less distracted by it
  • Extroverts seem to perform better while listening to music, though it still compromises their performance.

     

  • Music tends to boost our energy and whilst sometimes we feel like we’ve gotten a lot done that day just listening to music; it isn’t always the case, and it’s easy to fall into this energy vs productivity trap

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