Overcome procrastination and keep New Year's resolutions with just a little help from your friends.
Mike wrote in with the following question:
Hey! I'm really trying really hard to stop procrastinating my work, but it's so hard to find the motivation! Could you give me some hints and tricks to help stop the demon of procrastination?
Great question, Mike, and it's really important, so I'll answer it. Later.
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Putting Things Off
The neat thing about procrastination in January is that New Year's resolutions and procrastination go hand-in-hand. You can procrastinate all year by saying "next year, I'll make a resolution." Then, in January, you make the resolution and promptly procrastinate actually doing it. And voila--life is great! You feel like you're making progress without the inconvenience of actually doing anything.
Here's how I procrastinate my resolution. "Yay! I'm going to diet. Oh, hey, there's still a cookie left. I can have that now and start dieting tomorrow. I know I shouldn't, but ... (munching a cookie) Yum!! Cookie! (long pause) ... I suck." I do this every year and somehow keep thinking it will work. Hopeless! What am I doing? I'm trying it alone, I'm living in a fantasy world, thinking only of my end goal ("diet or not") and then flogging myself with guilt. Not exactly a recipe for success.
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