How to Hack Your Way Out of Procrastination

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| LAST UPDATE 05/09/2023

By Dina Wu
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We all know that procrastination can be our friend at times - it adds this drama to our mundane lives, and we get to enjoy a little sense of thrill. But at what cost? In the long run, we end up causing more stress and anxiety for ourselves. That's right; procrastination is not worth it.

But fret not! We've got some super helpful hacks that will help you overcome procrastination tendencies and get your work done. First things first - let's talk about emails. We all know how stressful it can be sending emails. Just the thought of clicking that "send" button can trigger unnecessary anxiety. Trust us, we've all been there. This is where the "Send Later" feature comes in. In Gmail, you can make use of this feature to avoid that scary send button. By delaying the delivery of your emails, you can lessen the anxiety that comes along with it, making it more manageable to handle.

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Next up, good 'ol pen and paper. You might be wondering how a "simple" to-do list can help you overcome procrastination. But hear us out. Taking the time to write down your tasks for the day not only helps you stay organized but also gives you a sense of direction. Moreover, it gives you that satisfaction of crossing out those items when they're completed. Additionally, if you're someone who loves the tactile sensation and satisfaction of handwriting notes on paper, we've got a new tool for you to try - Remarkable! It's a tablet that feels just like writing on paper. With different colors and writing styles, you can sync everything to the cloud or export it as different document types. It's easy to get distracted, especially when we're on a tight deadline. That's why time-blocking your schedule can help you stay focused and avoid the rabbit holes of procrastination. You can also use a physical timer to ensure impactful and uninterrupted bursts of productivity.

Lastly, creating a reward system for yourself can help you keep that motivation going. Once you're done with a task, take a quick break to treat yourself. You can take a nap, indulge in some online shopping, or watch an episode of your favorite show - anything that makes you feel good! So go ahead, give it a try, and let's put an end to the "procrasti-nation."

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