How does someone go from a serial procrastinator to one who actually gets things done. What happens while procrastinating?

What is procrastination? 

When procrastinating, you will experience trouble with persuading yourself to do the things you should do or would like to do. Instead of working on important, meaningful tasks, you find yourself performing trivial activities. With procrastination you will put things off intentionally or habitually.

Why it happens

  • Fear
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Not knowing where to start
  • A habit of procrastinating and doing easier things

How to deal with procrastination

From Deciding to Doing

7 ways to go from deciding to doing:

  1. Stop with waiting untill the conditions are perfect
  2. Stop, get up and do it
  3. Stop overthinking things
  4. Take continuous action
  5. Use your action to overcome fear
  6. Focus on the present
  7. Eliminate the distractions


The Action Habit


By forming a habit of actions, you will find yourself to procrastinate less and do more tasks.

  • Pick one positive action
  • Make it tiny and easy
  • Set up positive feedback
  • Put everything you have into it
  • Repeat


The 5-Minute Rule

The 5-minute rule involves trying an activity for just five minutes. After doing the activity for five minutes you are free to either continue the activity or stop doing it.

By turning your task into a small manageable five-minute chunk, your brain no longer sees the task as a threat, and your body will not enter fight or flight mode. After you have tricked your brain into getting started, it usually kicks into gear. You will find that those five minutes turn into thirty minutes or even longer.


Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law is the proverb that work will expand to fill the time assigned for its completion.

  • Make a list of all of your tasks
  • Divide them up by the amount of time it takes to complete them
  • Give yourself half that time to complete each task
  • You have to see making the time limit as crucial
  • Treat it like any other deadline