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How To Stop Procrastinating By Asking Yourself A Simple Question

How can you successfully hack your habits and alter your mindset to achieve real, measurable, consistent change? Read on to find out.
by Ben Hughes | Jan 27 2017

Change is hard. Today, you may resolve to procrastinate less at work, only to find yourself browsing Facebook tomorrow, when you should be working on your big presentation.

Luckily, there are tools to make change easier.

Change You Can Believe In

One of the challenges we face is that our brains are extraordinarily adept at spotting all possible obstacles to change. So we instantly think things like, “I’ll never stop procrastinating when Facebook is just a click away.”

This can be disheartening.

To overcome this tendency, you need to find and focus on the bright spots: specific situations where you’ve already succeeded in making a positive change.

Find the bright spots and spread them

For example, if you want to stop procrastinating at work, try to identify days when you didn’t procrastinate much at all. What was special about those days” might realize that you had a relaxed morning, perhaps meditating a bit before work, which resulted in a calm focus for the whole day.

Now, take those bright spots and spread them around. In this case, you could start meditating every morning, thereby lessening procrastination later in the day.

For more on how to effect change in your life – including why you need to shape your environment to support it – check out the book Switch, by Chip and Dan Heath.

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