17 Anti-Procrastination Hacks: How to Stop Being Lazy, Overcome Procrastination, and Finally Get Stuff Done by Dominic Mann
Why Intelligent People Procrastinate (And How Not To)
Once upon a time, there lived an intellectually challenged gentleman. His finger would constantly be burned on stove tops and pricked by thorny rose bushes. The reason these undoubtedly painful event kept on happening again and again was because this poor man was unable to foresee the consequences of his actions. Whereas a Grandmaster of chess might see seven moves ahead, or an entrepreneur might be able to visualize their business strategy, the mental handicap of this fictional man allows no such ability.
This makes him fun at parties—after all, he’s pretty much permanently drunk. He says and does things while mentally incapable of foreseeing the consequences.
Counterintuitively, though, this dullard is jaw-droppingly productive. No joke.
Procrastination? He’s literally never done it. Never. Not once. He tackles tasks head on and gets them done lightning fast. Now, how on earth is this?….
Here’s how: He is unable to foresee how difficult, tedious, and enjoyable doing the task will be. Consequently, all motivation and temptation to procrastinate is gone. He just does stuff without thinking about it.
Ironically, for this reason, intelligent people are more often the ones that feel the urge to procrastinate. This is because they are more likely to see and think about the consequences. It’s going to be boring. It’s going to be difficult. I might make a mistake. What if it’s not done properly? I don’t want to do this! And on. And on. And on again. Our intelligence ends up being used against us—to foresee how tedious and unpleasant doing a certain task will be, demotivating us in the process.
But the dummies of the world often just do whatever is in front of them. No thoughts of consequences. No thoughts of anything much, really. They just plow on
like a mindless tractor.
But there’s a lot that us procrastinators can learn from these inadvertently productive people. Us procrastinators, the smart people we are, often end up placing ourselves in a psychological jail-cell. As a result, we end up procrastinating! We discourage and demotivate ourselves, causing ourselves to procrastinate, by overthinking.
So what is it that we can learn from all this?………..
Table of Contents
1. Why Intelligent People Procrastinate (And How Not To)
2. Develop the Next Action Habit
3. Build Momentum: The Physics of Productivity
4. Make a Tasty To-Do List
5. The Two-Minute Rule
6. Set Macro Goals and Micro Quotas
7. Time Blocks
8. The Butt-in-Chair Method
9. Airplane Days
10. Create a Distraction To-Do List
11. The (10+2)x5 Method
12. Utilize the Power of Deadlines
13. Rill Your Inner Perfectionist
14. How to Procrastinate Productively
15. The Kind of Visualization That Leads to Procrastination (and the Kind That Leads to Action)
16. The One Word that Kills Procrastination
17. How to Cheaply and Quickly Outsource Tasks Summary and Conclusion
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17 Anti-Procrastination Hacks: How to Stop Being Lazy, Overcome Procrastination, and Finally Get Stuff Done pdf by Dominic Mann