How to Beat Procrastination

Get-It-Done Guy has a way for you to finally beat procrastination.

Stever Robbins
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How to Beat Procrastination

Today’s newsletter tip comes from Get-It-Done Guy fan Maggie.

Starting projects can be tough, especially if the project is something you don’t particularly want to do. Your boss says, “You need to fill out all your pending expense reports before the end of the quarter.” You think, “Ugh!” and start working on that super-important project of sorting your pens and pencils by color and length (see! I'm not the only one who does that) or organizing your laundry room

Thankfully, there’s an easier way to get started.

Tell yourself that you will work on the unpleasant task for 30 minutes to an hour and then you will stop. You can even go so far as to set a timer, so your brain knows you’re serious. Then get going. When the timer is up, you have the option to extend the time period if you want to. If not, schedule another half hour for some time in the future.

This way, the task doesn’t seem so huge and unwieldy and you can get back to sorting your origami threads.

You can find more ways to beat procrastination in my episode How to Overcome Procrastination.

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.