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What Is the Opposite of Procrastination, and How Can You Achieve It?

Tired of putting things off? Discover the art of beating procrastination with our Blinkist Guide and the help of author Nil Eyal! Learn how to become productive and how to get 'Hooked'!
by Rob Gillham | Feb 1 2024
The Opposite of Procrastination, and How Can You Achieve it

Let’s face it, we all know the feeling of putting things off. Maybe it’s that big project or even just a simple task, but somehow we end up scrolling through our phones or watching just one more episode of our favorite show.

This habit of delaying things is called procrastination, and it’s something many of us struggle with.

But what if there’s a way to not just fight this habit, but actually do the opposite of procrastination? That’s where Nir Eyal comes in. He’s the habit coach who wrote the books Hooked and Indistractable.

And exclusively for Blinkist, Nir has put all his best ideas into a guide and shared tips and tricks to overcome procrastination, helping you get things done without putting them off.

So, are you ready to find out how to beat procrastination and make it work for you? Let’s dive into Nir Eyal’s Blinkist Guide and see what secrets he has to share!

Who is Nir Eyal?

Nir Eyal is a writer and teacher who knows a lot about why we get hooked on apps and websites. He’s taught at the university of Stanford, and he’s helped lots of tech companies understand how people think.

This makes Nil the perfect guy to host our Blinkist Guide about fighting procrastination. Nil’s got the right mix of knowing how tech works and how our minds work, so he can really help us learn how to stay focused and not put things off.
 

What is Procrastination?

Procrastination is something we’re all too familiar with. It’s when we delay or put off tasks that we should be doing.

For example, you have an important project due, but instead, you end up cleaning your room, checking social media, or watching TV. It’s not that these activities are bad, but they’re not what you need to be doing at that moment.

This habit of delaying can really affect both our personal and professional lives. In our personal lives, it might mean not exercising, not learning that new skill, or even missing out on spending time with friends and family.

At work, it can lead to missed deadlines, stress, and even problems with our bosses or colleagues.
 

What is the Opposite of Procrastination?

Understanding procrastination is the first step to beating it. And that’s where the importance of its opposite comes in.

Think of the opposite of procrastination as action-taking, being proactive, or simply getting things done. When we learn to do this, we see big changes. We become more efficient, we feel better about ourselves, and we get more done.

Nir Eyal, in his guide on Blinkist, talks about why we procrastinate and how understanding this can help us change our habits. He believes that once we know why we delay things, we can start taking steps to become more proactive and less prone to procrastination.

Take a short glimpse into Nir Eyal’s Blinkist Guide now

Now, let’s take a look at each chapter of Beat Procrastination and Distraction to learn what each section offers, the book references included, and how we can finally get things done.
 

Beat Procrastination and Distraction by Nir Eyal

Learn the Opposite of Procrastination: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Being Indestructible will make you Indestructible

Have you ever heard of ‘Indistractability’? It might sound a bit fancy, but it’s actually a simple yet powerful concept.

Think of it as the superhero version of yourself – the one who doesn’t get sidetracked by every little distraction. It’s the opposite of procrastination, where you’re focused, on track, and getting things done.

In the first chapter, Nir Eyal lays the groundwork by explaining what it means to be indistractable. In order to avoid distractions, we must understand why we get distracted in the first place and how to deal with these distractions effectively and work on our focus improvement.

Nir’s guide is packed with insights and tips on how to achieve this state. He talks about setting clear goals, organizing your time, and even how your environment affects your focus. 

These productivity techniques, drawing from his famous book Indistractable, also include a practical exercise designed to help you convert your values into time:

2. Know your Internal Triggers

Now, let’s talk about what really drives procrastination – internal triggers. These are the little emotional signals that make us want to escape into distraction. It could be boredom, anxiety, or even just feeling overwhelmed.

In this chapter, Nir Eyal dives into the role these triggers play in our tendency to procrastinate. He explains that it’s not just about external distractions like emails, phone notifications, or doom-scrolling; it’s also about how we handle our internal emotions and thoughts.

Nir offers some powerful techniques for overcoming distractions. For instance, instead of seeing a task as daunting, we can learn to view it as a challenge or an opportunity to learn something new.

Let’s explore more of Nir’s insights and see how we can apply them to become masters of our own focus and productivity. This chapter also includes the Blink of The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman; a book about happiness for people who can’t stand positive things — read the quick summary here:

3. Why you Procrastinate

While practical tips are essential, understanding the science behind procrastination can be a game-changer. In his chapter of our guide to fighting procrastination, Nir Eyal, along with insights from researcher Tim Pychyl, explores the psychological and neurological factors that lead to procrastination.

This section explains why our brains prefer immediate rewards to long-term benefits, often leading us to procrastinate. It’s not just about laziness or poor time management; it’s about how our brains are wired.

For anyone interested in the science behind procrastination and how to overcome it, this chapter is a must-read, with lots of wisdom from Tim Pychyl’s audio guide Overcoming Procrastination:

4. How you get Hooked

In the next chapter of our Blinkist Guide, Nir Eyal introduces a groundbreaking concept known as the “Hooked” model. This model is a cornerstone of his work, providing in-depth insights into how habits are formed.

Following this section, you will learn how products and services can captivate us and how we can use this understanding to our advantage. By grasping the principles of this model, you can learn to create habits that align with your goals and values, rather than falling prey to unproductive patterns.

This chapter draws from Nir’s acclaimed book, Hooked. To dive into it right away, click here:

5. The Final Recap

In this final chapter, you’ll get a comprehensive recap of our Blinkist Guide on beating procrastination and distraction. Our host, Nir, will summarize everything you’ve learned and provide tips on how to move forward.

To top it off, there’s an interactive quiz designed to help you internalize all the new information and start your journey doing the exact opposite of procrastination.

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