How to stop procrastination?


Hey guys, Finally I’m writing about procrastination. Actually last time I wrote about why do we procrastinate? Whatever, now let’s talk about how to stop procrastination.

There are hundreds if not thousands of techniques to stop procrastination. But first, you need to know why do we procrastinate in the first place. Check that out here. Not procrastinating definitely means being productive.

So, There are two main laws of productivity:

  • Pareto’s Law
  • Parkinson’s Law

Pareto’s Law

The majority of results come from a select few efforts.

You all know about the 80/20 principle right. If you don’t check this article out. In short, The 80/20 principle says that 80% of the result comes from 20% of the work. So if you want to be productive find that 20 %. Here is an easy process to find the most important tasks.

Write down everything you want to do than mark those tasks which you can’t go without finishing.

Parkinson’s Law

Work expands or contracts according to the time you allot for it.

Here comes the most usual law. We all feel that our easy works take most of our time. It’s actually true easy works does take lots of time because we give plenty of time to these works. For example: if you get a week for a project you’ll finish that in a week. But if you get a whole month for the same project you’ll somehow to spend the whole month and don’t finish until the last day.

As I said earlier, there are lots of techniques to stop procrastination. But before choosing any of those techniques keep these two laws in mind.

So now let’s talk about the most effective technique which is called Pomodoro. For your knowledge, Pomodoro is an Italian word which means tomato. Very easy one, take a timer and set 25 minutes. Then focus that full 25 minutes to finish work without any distractions. Throw all the distractions out of the room, block all the website that is a potential distraction. After a 25 minutes work session takes a 5 minutes break. After 4 work sessions and 3 short breaks take a long break of 30 minutes. Here is an illustration of a Pomodoro Cycle.


Now lets, come to the problems. Since we have a sh*tty attention span, it’s hard to focus for 25 minutes without any distractions. You can actually decrease the 25 minutes but I’ll suggest sticking to the time. The only to fully focus on something is to make your environment like that. Throw anything out that’s not needed for the work. For digital distractions, there is a chrome extension named block site. It’ll block all the distraction site temporarily.

If you don’t like Pomodoro you can another technique which is called time boxing. Elon Musk actually uses this one for maximum productivity.

At last, I have actually a piece of good news for procrastinators, There is a good connection between creativity (don’t worry I’ll write a dedicated article about this topic). But, for now, you can check out this ted talks. This guy explains it very well.

So this is it for today catch you guys up on the next one. Till then stay safe. Peace.

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