The Procrastination Antidote: Getting Things Done



Unravelling the Dragon of Delay

Greetings, fellow humans! Today, we embark on a quest to slay the monstrous dragon of procrastination. You may have heard the great Dr Jordan Peterson say, “Sort yourself out,” and you might be wondering how on Earth to begin. Fear not, for we shall delve into the depths of your mind and unearth the secrets to conquering this beast once and for all.

The Roots of Procrastination

Before we defeat our foe, we must understand its origins. Procrastination results from our brain’s evolutionary quirks – the constant battle between our prefrontal cortex, the responsible adult, and the limbic system, the hedonistic teenager.

  1. The Instant Gratification Monkey: The limbic system loves immediate rewards, such as binge-watching Netflix or scrolling through Instagram. It would rather frolic in the dopamine forest than face the dreaded discomfort of tackling responsibilities.
  2. The Fear of Failure: Our prefrontal cortex is no saint either. It may try to protect us from the sting of failure by preventing us from even starting a task. Remember, you can’t fail if you never try!
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Slaying the Dragon: Strategies to Overcome Procrastination

The time has come to don our psychological armour and face the dragon head-on. Here are the weapons you need to defeat the procrastination beast:

  1. Break the task into bite-sized pieces: To avoid overwhelming yourself, slice the job into smaller, manageable portions. Instead of trying to write a novel, focus on a single chapter or even a paragraph. Incremental progress is still progress!
  2. The Pomodoro Technique: Divide your work into focused intervals (say, 25 minutes) with short breaks in between. This technique lets you maintain concentration while rewarding your limbic system with well-deserved breaks. It’s a win-win!
  3. The Two-Minute Rule: Do it immediately if a task can be done in two minutes or less. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can clear your to-do list when you stop overthinking and get things done.
  4. Public Commitment: Announce your goals and deadlines to your friends, family, or social media followers. The fear of public humiliation can be a powerful motivator for getting things done!
  5. Visualize Success: Imagine how amazing it will feel once completed. Picture the pride you’ll experience, the weight lifted off your shoulders, and the freedom to move on to other exciting projects.

Maintaining the Momentum

The battle may be won, but the war against procrastination is never-ending. Keep your newfound productivity on track with these tips:

  1. Prioritize: Understand that not every task is equally important. Focus on the most pressing tasks and let the trivial ones wait their turn.
  2. Make a schedule: Plan your day and assign specific time slots for different tasks. This will help you maintain a sense of order and control, reducing the temptation to procrastinate.
  3. Minimize distractions: Create a dedicated workspace free from distractions like social media, noisy roommates, or the siren song of your refrigerator.
  4. Reward yourself: Don’t forget to celebrate your victories, no matter how small. Reward yourself with a tasty treat, a night out, or a Netflix marathon (just make sure it’s after you’ve completed your tasks!).

Armed with these strategies, you are now ready to conquer the dragon of procrastination and become the master of your own destiny. Embrace your inner warrior, sort yourself

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