Good Tip For Overcoming Procrastination

From Leo Babauta at Zen Habits:

Identify the most important thing you have to do today.

Decide to do just the first little part of it — just the first minute, or even 30 seconds of it. Getting started is the only thing in the world that matters.

Clear away distractions. Turn everything off. Close all programs. There should just be you, and your task.

Sit there, and focus on getting started. Not doing the whole task, just starting.

Pay attention to your mind, as it starts to have urges to switch to another task. You will have urges to check email or Facebook or Twitter or your favorite website. You will want to play a game or make a call or do another task. Notice these urges.

But don’t move. Notice the urges, but sit still, and let them pass. Urges build up in intensity, then pass, like a wave. Let each one pass.

Notice also your mind trying to justify not doing the task. Also let these self-rationalizing thoughts pass.

Now just take one small action to get started. As tiny a step as possible.

Get started, and the rest will flow.

I used this method this morning prior to noticing the above and it worked a treat on something I had been putting off for ages. However, and somewhat annoyingly, when I actually focused on the task, it turned out to be remarkably simple. I easily spent more time avoiding it than actually doing it. I’ve experienced this before but obviously haven’t yet really learned from it, or am I just procrastinating once again?

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