Procrastination. KEY TAKEAWAYS:
- It has more to do with mood management than time management.
- Less confidence equals more avoidance.
- “Just start…Once you start, the progress fuels your positive feelings about doing the task and those positive feelings lead to more progress.”
- According to Sirois, humans are hard-wired pleasure seekers, which means that if the thing you’re putting off is even a little unpleasant or requires effort, it’s easy to put it off.
- Many of the reasons for putting things off have a common thread: They’re tied to negative emotions.
- When you overthink a task, you can build it up into something that’s much more than what it actually is.
- Procrastinators tend to be low in self-compassion. They’re unkind to themselves. Your inner critic pipes up and gets increasingly mean: “Why didn’t you do this already?” quickly becomes “Why are you such a complete fuck-up?” “All that self-criticism does, then, is generate more negative feelings about the task, which just makes you want to avoid it all the more.”
TL;DR Don’t overthink, just do it.
- Otter app. Record a conversation and transcribe it in real time.
- Seth’s Blog : Is mood a gift or a skill? We can do things to improve our mood. Morning pages, meditation, exercise, positive thinking, the right audio inputs, who we hang out with, the media we consume–it’s all a choice. And if it’s a choice, that means it’s a skill, because we can get better at it.