November 30, 2014 12:01 AM EST No, you won’t do better work by procrastinating. And you will not have more time next week. In fact, leaving things unfinished makes you stupid. Here’s what works:
Make specific plans. Just setting a date and a time when you’re going to do something makes you more likely to follow through. Or write down the steps necessary to do the work.
Use short, painless dashes of effort. Just have at it for five minutes and feel free to watch the clock. Chances are you’ll realize it’s not so bad.
Rewarding yourself for doing things you don’t want to do can be a powerful motivator.
Use “ precommitment devices” to make sure you follow through. Stickk is a good one.
Asking yourself whether you intend on doing something is a more powerful motivator than telling yourself you will do it.
Understand the secrets to willpower, breaking bad habits, productivity, and achieving goals.
Forgive yourself when you do procrastinate to prevent a vicious circle. Hey, even procrastination researchers have a sense of humor about it. This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree . Join 135K+ readers. Get a free weekly update via email here. More Must-Reads From TIME East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment How Tech Giants Turned Ukraine Into an AI War Lab In the Belly of MrBeast The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap How Long Should You Isolate With COVID-19? The Best Romantic Comedies to Watch on Netflix Taylor Swift Is TIME's 2023 Person of the Year Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time
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