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Overcoming procrastination: A flow-chart approach - Dr. Patrick Keelan, Calgary Psychologist. In this article, I discuss several strategies to overcome procrastination and the order in which to use them.

Overcoming procrastination: A flow-chart approach - Dr. Patrick Keelan, Calgary Psychologist

I’ve long been fascinated by the simple but effective way in which flow charts guide a person toward taking the correct action to address a problem. Flow charts I encountered in different jobs before I became a psychologist typically had the person answer a question in a box. A ‘yes’ answer would direct the person to take a particular action and a ‘no’ answer would lead them toward a different action. Continuing to answer questions in boxes and taking the appropriate actions would ultimately lead the person toward the solution of the problem with which they were dealing. This would typically be accompanied by a message in a box reading, “No further action required”. Procrastination is an issue which is amenable to a flow-chart approach.

Box 1 in the flow chart: Have I made an action plan? Action plans provide a proven-effective antidote to procrastination. Procrastination: A Brief Guide on How to Stop Procrastinating. Procrastination is a challenge we have all faced at one point or another.

Procrastination: A Brief Guide on How to Stop Procrastinating

For as long as humans have been around, we have been struggling with delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating on issues that matter to us. During our more productive moments, when we temporarily figure out how to stop procrastinating, we feel satisfied and accomplished. Today, we’re going to talk about how to make those rare moments of productivity more routine. The purpose of this guide is to break down the science behind why we procrastinate, share proven frameworks you can use to beat procrastination, and cover useful strategies that will make it easier to take action.

You can click the links below to jump to a particular section or simply scroll down to read everything. I. II. III. Moving the Finish Line: The Goal Gradient Hypothesis. How to get massively motivated in less than 60 seconds  - Commit Action. Charles Duhigg's Productivity Tips from Smarter, Faster, Better. Why is it that the more work I have to do, the more the internet beckons me into its endless maw of distraction?

Charles Duhigg's Productivity Tips from Smarter, Faster, Better

Oh Lord, I will say, appealing both to myself and to whatever blog-god might be listening, I have an hour to finish this article. But first, isn’t this Tasty video fascinating? Daniel Pink on Incentives and the Two Types of Motivation. Motivation is a tricky multifaceted thing.

Daniel Pink on Incentives and the Two Types of Motivation

How do we motivate people to become the best they can be? How do we motivate ourselves? Sometimes when we are running towards a goal we suddenly lose steam and peter out before we cross the finish line. The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It. When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.

The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my shirts, gone on a walk outside to clear my head, had a thing of yogurt and fruit to reward the physical exertion, sent an email to my aunt and sister, read about 100 Tweets (favorited three; written and deleted one), despaired at my lack of progress, comforted myself by eating a second breakfast, opened several tabs from on my browser ... and written absolutely nothing.

What's the matter with me? * Nothing, according to research that conveniently justifies this sort of behavior to my editors. Or, at least, nothing out of the ordinary for writers, as Megan McArdle has explained on this site. I'm just a terrible procrastinator. Productive people sometimes confuse the difference between reasonable delay and true procrastination. The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on Things. By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline.

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on Things

Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other projects, entertaining guests, and delaying his work on the text. Hugo's publisher had become frustrated by his repeated procrastination and responded by setting a formidable deadline. The publisher demanded that Hugo finish the book by February of 1831—less than 6 months away. Hugo developed a plan to beat his procrastination. The strategy worked. The Ancient Problem of Akrasia. How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating, & Love Letting Go.

How to Stop Procrastinating and Do the Right Thing, More Often. Recently, I’ve been following a simple rule that is helping me crush procrastination and making it easier for me to stick to good habits at the same time.

How to Stop Procrastinating and Do the Right Thing, More Often

I want to share it with you today so that you can try it out and see how it works in your life. The best part? It’s a simple strategy that couldn’t be easier to use. 6 Scientific Tactics to Stop Procrastinating. The Mechanics of Preventing Procrastination. Procrastination is, in essence, stealing from yourself.

The Mechanics of Preventing Procrastination

The reason goals are so hard to reach, many psychologists think, is because each person believes they are really two people: Present Me and Future Me. And to most people, Future Me is much less important than Present Me. Present Me is the CEO of Me Corp, while Future Me is a lowly clerk. “Instead of delaying gratification,” people “act as if they prefer their current self’s needs and desires to those of their future self,” write psychologists Neil Lewis of the University of Michigan and Daphna Oyserman of the University of Southern California in a new study in Psychological Science. Why put that money in your 401(k) when you want those shoes now? Kick Your Procrastination Problem This Weekend. Self-Imposed Deadlines Don't Stop Procrastination. Here's What Might. Mark Twain advised people never to put off until tomorrow what they can put off until the day after, and a lot of us listen.

Self-Imposed Deadlines Don't Stop Procrastination. Here's What Might.

Estimates suggest that 15% to 20% of all people are chronic procrastinators, and that share goes up for situational delay: As one example, four in five people put off retirement savings despite knowing better. Then there are the innumerable office procrastinators, many identifiable by the mere fact that they're reading this article. The devious thing about procrastination is that while we tend to shrug or laugh it off as part of the work process, evidence suggests it's far from harmless. At the root of the problem is our failure to differentiate between simply delaying a task, perhaps a healthy sign of organizational skills, and truly procrastinating on it, a self-defeating habit people know will hurt them later--a little like smoking.

Not only does our work suffer from the real thing, but our well-being does, too. Structured Procrastination. The Common Pattern To Procrastination. ​​“Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow,” and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of grace of which you have not availed yourself.

The Common Pattern To Procrastination

How To Stop Procrastinating: 4 New Steps Backed By Research. I don’t wanna. I don’t wanna. I don’t wanna. It’s awful and horrible. I hear it causes cancer. Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It. The law of inertia tells us a body in motion stays in motion. And the same goes for projects, creative ideas, daily tasks, half-written emails, and that thing you stopped working on to read this article. When you interrupt a task, it can be difficult to pick it up again. And we are interrupted nearly every three minutes, according to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine.

4 Habits Of Punctual People. Plan any event and chances are one in five of the people you invite will be late. A study done at San Francisco State University found that about 20% of the U.S. population is chronically late—but it’s not because they don't value others' time. Why We Procrastinate - Issue 16: Nothingness. The Science of Procrastination - And How To Manage It. How to Stop Procrastinating and Boost Your Willpower by Using “Temptation Bundling" Like many people, Katy Milkman knew she should be exercising more. But each day she left her job as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania feeling exhausted and drained.