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  1. Procrastination is the essence of postponing an action. In order to work with it (not to “fight” or “get rid of” – a well-deserved procrastinator may simply not have enough strength for this), it makes sense to do two things that are not very related to each other.

    1. Think about it and figure out: why are you putting it off? After all, the reasons can be different: it's not interesting; it's scary that it won't work out; it's scary that it will work out and you will have to continue; it's generally not clear how to do it all; the action seems meaningless, etc.There is always a reason, and if you manage to get to it, some blocks may go away / weaken by themselves.

    2. Start doing what you're putting off with the minimum, simplest, and maybe not even very related to the topic of the work you're putting off. In fact, this is a spell for my own procrastination: now I will drink tea, then I will comb the cat, then I will create a new file, then I will write any nonsense that comes to my mind, then I will “clean” this nonsense… What absolutely cannot be done at this stage is to get into games / social networks, because you can get stuck there for too long.

    The goal of such preliminary actions is to “accidentally” get to the beginning of your own doing algorithm (and every person has one, otherwise they simply wouldn't have lived to learn the word “procrastination”). And then the model that I always remember when it comes to procrastination begins to work: “At first the cat was afraid of the vacuum cleaner, then nothing, it got involved.”

    The most difficult moment for a procrastinator is to start. Forcing yourself or persuading yourself is very energy-consuming, and in some cases impossible. But to deceive yourself is real, because this is exactly the case that the classic wrote about: “I'm happy to be deceived myself!” And when the process is somehow started, other stereotypes – stereotypes of action-can turn on (and most often do).

  2. There is an opinion that I share that procrastination occurs in a person when the task to be solved is much larger than himself. If the task is too much for you, your motivation will probably run out sooner or later.

    At this point, it is important to understand what kind of task you are solving and why. Do you solve it for yourself or for another person? Do you solve it because you have to? Where did this “need” come from? What happens if you don't solve it? What negative scenario is being drawn in your head? What allowed you to solve life problems before? After all, you probably solved them successfully.

    It is important to understand your motivation and find ways to extract it from the environment. Maybe you want to get more money for solving the problem? Or the praise and approval of someone important to you? Maybe you are trying unsuccessfully to earn someone's love?

    The second option is to abandon the task or make it smaller, for example, by delegating some parts of the task to other people.

    If it's difficult for you to do all this, and you feel a dead end, then the problem probably lies much deeper and affects your deep existential meanings. In this case, it is important to explore this layer in order to learn how to take tasks for yourself once, and in the future limit the choice only to those tasks that give at least some pleasure. The pleasure of solving a problem also gives you a lot of resources.

  3. Stop getting rid of procrastination and deal with its causes.:)

    Look at it as the result, not the cause.

    Often procrastination is the result of anxiety, which in turn is caused by the need to “always do everything rightwithout mistakes”, fear of failure and other similar concerns.

    Try to answer these questions for yourself and see what exactly is the reason for your desire to postpone things for later.

    • Do you always procrastinate?
    • Are you putting off everything? Or only certain ones?
    • Compare the tasks that you do immediately and those that you postpone, what is the difference between them?
    • What are the similarities between the tasks that you postpone? What unites them all?
  4. psychologists believe that we procrastinate due to the fact that we can not clearly imagine ourselves in the future, that is, the project will be completed urgently by some other person, but not you, and you will sit in contact for a while. this may also be due to the fact that, although we are intelligent beings, we are not fully aware of the consequences of doing nothing at a crucial moment.

    I think it helps to ask yourself once again before passing the exam, and so on, why you are doing all this, what is the ultimate goal and what will be the consequences if you suddenly do not pass/write a report/do not learn the topic, think about how you will feel, whether the current situation will worsen, and so on.

    that is, you need more awareness.

  5. I have the same problem. But I sometimes use my own methods of healing, depending on the cause of procrastination.

    1. Doing nothing at all, by the way, is difficult, usually instead of doing the right thing, we scroll through the feed or watch picchi or videos( but we do something), The essence of the method is to go lie down on the bed and do nothing at all, do not stick in the phone or thoughts. This method I invented in the hospital when I was two weeks stupid, and I was ready to do any work just not idleness. It doesn't work when you're tired or sleepy.

    2. If the work front is so big that you don't know where to start and instead load up and fix it again, then a proper plan with about 1.5-2 hours of time will help. Example you write in 1 paragraph for 30 minutes, then imperceptibly get involved and write up to 20 pages.

    3. In principle, it is similar to the first one, but here you need to excite your central nervous system, so that stupidity seems boring, for this you need to drink strong coffee or eat phenotropil or another central nervous system stimulant. Works when you want to sleep.

    4. The method of sleeping, you go to bed instead of being blunt( melatonin will help), and in the morning you immediately sit down to work before you have time to wake up.

    In general, this thing is associated with the dopamine reward system(it gives a reward for the work done:sex, food, drugs) and the point is not to force yourself, but to do it with pleasure. And by the way, willpower is crap, you can overpower yourself and not smoke, sit down to do and so on, but then you'll still light up and start sticking to videos or the question. But if you don't smoke and get high from it an example: clothes don't smell, new smells, you can brag that you don't smoke, then the effect will be longer.

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