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The art to counter procrastination

A challenge we all know and have encountered at one point or another. In these procrastination situations, we’re struggling with delaying, avoiding, and try to ignore issues that matter to us.

According to James Clear, we cannot rely on long-term consequences and rewards to motivate the Present Self.  Motivation often comes after starting an activity, task, not before.


Actions against procrastination according to James Clear:

Option 1: Make the Rewards of Taking Action More Immediate

Option 2: Make the Consequences of Procrastination More Immediate

Option 3: Design Your Future Actions

Option 4: Make the Task More Achievable (2min-rule)


How to Stop Procrastinating with the James Clear developed “2-Minute Rule”

The Two-Minute Rule states “When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.”

You’ll find that nearly any habit can be scaled down into a two-minute version:

  • “Read before bed each night” becomes “Read one page.”

  • “Do thirty minutes of yoga” becomes “Take out my yoga mat.”

  • “Study for class” becomes “Open my notes.”

  • “Fold the laundry” becomes “Fold one pair of socks.”

  • “Run three miles” becomes “Tie my running shoes.”





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