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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.

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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. 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?

You might realize that you had a relaxed morning, perhaps meditating a bit before work, which resulted in a calm focus for the whole day.

This was just one of many valuable takeaways from Chip and Dan Heath’s book Switch.

These authors also believed that the first step to changing your behavior, is to acknowledge your flaws.

You have two sides, an analytical one, and an emotional one. The former might make a decision to stop procrastinating, eat healthier, or exercise more, but the latter will succumb to guilty pleasures and make you fail these resolutions.

In fact, changing your behavior is like riding an elephant – you know where you want to go, but you need to convince the elephant to go there too.

How do you control your inner elephant? It’s not rocket science, just choose a direction, give your elephant some treats, and stick to an easy path. To find out what this means in practical terms, you can read the notes from this book in the Blinkist app.

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