Spreading the Word: How to Stop Procrastinating

I don’t remember where I read it, but the saying went something like this: when we don’t control our lives, we try to control the lives of others. Indeed, the more I think about it the more I am inclined to agree. Self-control is a hard thing to master, but it is a self-reinforcing process, a positive feedback loop. The more often I succeed at self-control the easier it becomes to exert self-control in increasingly challenging situations. What an empowering feeling that is! Because after all, it might just be the only aspect of life each of us can truly control – our own selves.

One way we all sometimes fail at self-control is through procrastination. I started thinking about it more seriously when I noticed something strange: I am sometimes postponing some projects or activities that I know I enjoy doing. How is that possible? It doesn’t make any sense, right? If I enjoy doing something, then why would I postpone or even avoid it? Those are the wicked ways of procrastination.

Therefore, this Friday, and for this weekend, I share with you a research-based article on how to deal with procrastination. It is a long article, so set some time aside for it. The author offers a short summary as well, but I think it is really worth the effort to go through the entire thing. It includes references to multiple research studies and is packed with examples and practical suggestions. So, don’t let the procrastination get the better of you, and check it out. Link to the article: How to Stop Procrastinating

Keeping up the “Spreading the Word” tradition, every Friday, I hope to share with you an article I’ve read or a video I’ve seen and considered it to be inspiring or enlightening. I feel it is important to take good care not just of our physical but also of our mental well-being. Humans have always turned and returned to storytelling. My Fridays’ “Spreading the Word” articles are an online version of sharing worthwhile stories.   

keep exploring and storytelling!

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