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How do I beat procrastination?

For years now, I've been a prisoner to this debilitating problem. It's gotten to a point where I'm unable to get a single task done in time. I find myself having to ask for extensions on almost every task -- be it academic or professional. I don't know why I do it. I've tried to document my thinking process, and I'll post it here. But maybe tomorrow... Laughing

Does anyone have any tips for beating procrastination? If you do, I'd really appreciate them.

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It's something that I struggle with too, particularly the boring type of chores like cleaning house.

My way of beating it is to make a to do list of what I'm going to do the next day. Then focus on it before I go to bed. Then the next morning when I get up, I'm programmed and don't think about going to do it, more like I'm doing it and it will be done. I don't think about the going to do part of it any longer - it's all in action and on automatic. Every time a thought comes in that possibly the next day or weekend would be better, I just brush it away with the "to do"action.
deanhills on Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:58 pm
Just today Lifehacker proposed to come up with a "power hour" once a week to deal with those tasks we actually never want to deal with: Use a Power Hour to Take Care of Nagging Tasks
amagard on Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:50 am
I like the power hour idea. I also use a counting method, like requiring at least 10 tasks to be done before I do some of my leisurely activities on the Internet.
deanhills on Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:22 am
Thanks for your suggestions, everyone. I've tried many techniques over the years. Some of them did show positive results, but old habits tend to die hard. I'll try the power hour idea and tell you guys how it turned out.
codegeek on Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:28 pm
This link might help. I quickly looked at the first six articles and I thought each had something to offer.
tcarnevale on Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:38 am

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