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4 Tricks to Stop Procrastination

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Have you ever kept a log of how you spend your time? It’s a really powerful way to bring awareness to your routines. The simple act of logging your behavior dramatically alters it!

You’ll want to check out Fiore’s book for all his Big Ideas on how to leverage this simple yet effective practice of time-logging. For now, though, you might just try doing some mental tracking of your day and see if you can notice the events and feelings that precede negative habits. This alone can be a huge tool in switching to more productive activities and attitudes.

Reprogram your Brain

Fiore explains how when you change your thoughts, you also change your brain — and begin trading the tendencies of an overwhelmed “put it off” procrastinator to those of an effective “get it done” producer.

“Each time you choose to switch your energy from your procrastination self-talk to the language of the producer,” he explains, “you are wiring in a new track of brain cells — a new neural pathway in your brain. After you switch from the old path to the new several times, the new associations will strengthen, becoming easier to initiate, while the old ones will atrophy.”

In other words, when we consciously practice “producer” thoughts, we begin to rewire the neural circuits that have inclined us to procrastinate in the past. That, in turn, empowers us to regroove our consciousness in powerful ways.

Brian Johnson is a philosopher and (professional) student of life. He used to build businesses. Now he reads a lot and has fun integrating universal truths into his day-to-day life. He also likes to hike, laugh, write, think, teach and hang out with his wife, Alexandra. Learn more at PhilosophersNotes.com.

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11:39AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Thanks. Useful

2:23PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

thanks

11:20AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Ah, Yulan L. your rich people may not procrastinate when it come to work and success, but I bet they do when it comes to family or housework or socialising......something usually gives!

7:13AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

:)

6:14AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

thanks for sharing

8:39PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Thanks for the article

3:03AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Thanks, only had time to read the first two pages, will get to the third later.

2:23AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

उत्तम

2:11PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

thanks

1:32PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

I don't think you find rich people with this problem, or they wouldn't be rich. Maybe that's a motivator, it's hard when you're a perfectionist.

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