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0001 Jun 1
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  • productive procrastination



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Procrastination causes

  • Fear of
    • Success
    • Failure
    • Conflict
    • judgment
    • unknown
  • Activities
    • Seeking perfectionism and micromanaging
    • Over planning
    • Overworking
  • Habits
    • The Impossible Expectations
    • Guilt Driven Self-Talk and Criticism
    • Low Self-Esteem
  • Feelings
    • Feelings of Overwhelm
    • Feelings of Inadequacy
    • Feelings of Boredom
      • (WHY)
        • undertake easy repetitive tasks and activities for extended periods of time
      • (FIX)
        • intellectual and emotional stimulation.
  • Lack
    • Lack of Focus
      • (WHY)
        • focus on to many things
        • distractions
        • goals, objectives not clearly defined
    • Lack of Confidence
      • (FIX)
        • Identify, Plan, Improve
    • Lack of Adequate Resources
      • (FIX)
        • Go get some
    • Lack of Purpose and Direction
      • (WHY)
        • no personal legend.
  • Unfulfilling Life Experiences and Circumstances



  • Intrinsic
    • personal enjoyment, benefit
    • obligation
  • Extrinsic
    • benefit others
  • Reward Created Motivation
  • Goal Created Motivation
    • specific, measurable, moderate in difficulty, close in time
    • work on attaining by taking small consistent steady steps
  • ‘Human Need’ Created Motivation
    integrate human needs into every tasks and activities
    • Certainty, Confidence
      • Clarify goals, objectives, build upon weaknesses, skills, resources
      • Does task or activity provide sense of certainty ?
    • Uncertainty
      • spicing up your task or activity
      • Does task or activity provide sense of uncertainty and excitement ?
    • Connection
      • finding a meaning and purpose behind every step and action
      • build on why reasons for attaining end goals and objectives
    • Significance, Power
      • driving purpose, goal, vision and objective behind every task and activity
      • feel important and proud
    • Growth
      • looking at current tasks and objectives from a long-term perspective
      • gather every learning experience from even the most mundane tasks
    • Contribution
      • extend perspective and peripheral vision outwards and into the external world beyond your self
      • ascertain how this specific task or activity benefits others and the world around in immeasurable ways
    • Fun
      • brainstorm ideas on how to instill a little more entertainment into tasks and activities
    • Freedom
      • mustn’t allow yourself to get too absorbed or overwhelmed by daily tasks and activities.
      • scheduling regular breaks and learning new skills

The Conflicting Interests of the Mind

  • conscious brain and unconscious mind @research


identifying the psychological and real world triggers that send you down the spiral of procrastination or up the elevator of motivation.

Time log

  • activities, every 15 min
  • strengh of energy (high, low, moderate)
  • procrastination triggers, periods of the day when hard to motivate
  • motivation triggers, random feelings, people, actions, events that provided you with rush of energy

Analyze data, identify habitual patterns of behaviour that lead to the time specific actions you took


  • Set Goals on paper
    • long term motivation, passion, momentum @todo
  • Visualize Goals, outcome in advance
    • trigger deep levels of motivation
  • Do Not Rationalize
    • do not think in unproductive ways
    • excuses we make on a consistent basis are in actuality irrational projections of our mind that have no place within the physical world.
  • Ask Effective Questions
    • questions focused on solutions, benefits and proactive actions
  • Gain Leverage through Pleasure and Pain
    • We essentially take action because of the short or long-term pleasure that this action might potentially bring into our experience. On the other hand, we act or refrain from acting due to the short or long-term pain that we associate to an experience.
    • associate pleasure and gains to the actions that you know you must take in order to move you forward in life, and associate a great deal of pain and loss to the habit of procrastination.
    • asking the right kinds of questions and then visualizing the potential outcomes associated with these experiences.

Preparation stage

  • Tools
  • Skills
    • break down task
    • build up skills
  • Support Network
    • create a strong and reliable support network of people, communities, family and friends
    • utilize them in times of need when you require a little motivation and direction
    • Identify those who are strong where you are weak, or those who have knowledge about areas that are unfamiliar to you.

Motivation Stage

  • utilize tools, techniques and strategies to motivate yourself.

Action Stage

  • Imperfect Actions
    • being thorough with your planning and actions to the extent that it doesn’t interfere with the achievement of the task or goal
  • Small Chunks
    • break down the large goals, tasks, or actions into small manageable chunks that you can tackle one fragment at a time.
  • Passionate Disposition
    • find ways to become enthusiastic and excited about the task you are undertaking.
  • Process Orientation
    • do not lose yourself in your own mind, and that you focus yourself on the present moment and on the tasks at hand that will help you to obtain the larger goals and objectives
  • A Commitment to Enjoyment
    • enjoy the tasks you are working on
    • brainstorm ideas on how to make your journey towards your bigger goals and objectives as fun and enjoyable as possible
  • Hardest Task First

    • commit yourself towards tackling the hardest and most difficult tasks, free your mind from the garbage that this task will throw your way.

  • Time management

  • Organization and Systemization

  • Cultivate Motivational Characteristics

    • Enthusiasm
    • Discipline
    • Determination
    • Responsibility
    • Optimism

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