Independent Studio Practice

Procrastination – Life in the doldrums of November




Bring future self into focus.

Realize that you do things in order to put off doing other things. (Usually moralistic in nature, which helps us deceive ourselves into thinking we’re doing ok)

Task management makes us feel good.

By saying that “I’ll just finish everything the last week and it will be ok” is a self deception we make to make us feel like we aren’t hurting our future self.

Plans always start with tomorrow. We think we’ll have energy tomorrow. But as we know, we have the same amount of energy tomorrow as today.

Our time is precious, which is why sloth is a sin in many religions.

People think that procrastinators can’t manage their time. This is false, they have the same ability to manage time as someone who doesn’t procrastinate does.

Planning falacy is also a type of self deception.

How to combat procrastination


Don’t be vague. be specific and start with small goals.

Realize that moment when you need to have self control, and take it.

Giving in because you think you’ll feel good. Similar to gambling, people knows its bad, but will do it, and then feel guilty later.

Then they get paralyzed by doubt.

By understanding these triggers we can bring our future self into better focus and realize how putting things off now effects us in the future.


Negative reinforcement

If we are worried by the rain, we hold up an umbrella to stop the rain from getting us wet. But it doesn’t stop the rain. And we try to distract ourselves.


People who procrastinate come in different types.

People with high impulsisivity. – inability to focus

unorganised. – improper life skills

perfectionists – paralyzed by doubt


People with a higher EQ are less likely to procrastinate.

Monitor your emotional reaction to your work.

We are more likely to be aversive to doing thing that we don’t see as valuable.

Figure out the steps to get things done, and then let it snowball slowly. Things take time.




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