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In my first two posts about procrastination, I suggested a simple reframe and one unusual method that can help you become more aware of your procrastination habits. Even just this awareness can be a great help in overcoming procrastination. In part three of the series, I look at some of the research that has been done on the subject of putting things off and, more importantly, what methods for beating procrastination have been proven to work.
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Mihály Csíkszentmihályi – what looks like the result of me randomly banging my forehead against the keyboard is actually the name of an academic who is one of the pioneers of positive psychology. He coined the term “flow” as a particular state of mind and concentration, sometimes also referred to as “optimal experience”. Since it is highly relevant to personal productivity, in today’s post I explain the core concept of psychological flow.
In my previous post on the subject of procrastination, I presented a brief definition of “problematic procrastination” and offered one unconventional reframe that can help you beat this bad habit. In this post, I will take it one step further and show you how you can combine this reframe with a simple method to improve your productivity some more. If you haven’t read my previous post, I suggest you do that first by following this link. If you’re already familiar with my previous post, please read on.
It occurred to me recently that I have already mentioned “reframes” in past articles (most recently in this one about procrastination), but never explained what meaning of the term I was referring to. In this post, I will briefly explain what a mental reframe is and show you how reframes can be helpful as well as dangerous.
Yeah, I know, hilarious title. I worked on that one all day.
Moving on: Finding something entertaining and distracting to do is easier than ever and as a consequence of this, procrastination has become a wide-spread problem. As long as you have internet access, the next status-update, short message, puzzle-game, cute animal picture or dubious offer concerning the size of your private parts is never far away. In fact, certain applications seem to be specifically designed to increase access to distractions, instantly notifying you about updates on twitter, facebook, your e-mail inbox or any number of other sites and services. No wonder we don’t come around to doing productive things anymore. In today’s post, I will briefly outline one method you should try, if you find yourself putting things off a bit too frequently.
Building productive habits is key to any kind of personal development, no doubt about that. Unfortunately, building new habits also tends to be very, very difficult. In this post, I will introduce two key factors that make habit-building so difficult. These factors are habituation and homeostasis, and while they can be your worst enemies, when you are trying to improve yourself, they can also be your best friends.
Building habits is key to personal progress and success. If you manage to continually build new, positive habits that increase your productivity, your skills or your happiness, then you are obviously on a fast track to a wonderful life. But, as you probably know, it can be very challenging to build a new habit up to the point where it is truly integrated into your life. Think “Motivation” – a theme absolutely pivotal to almost every book, blog, seminar and system concerned with self-improvement. After all, it’s not that we don’t know what’s good for us. We know perfectly well that we should get our asses off the couch and do that workout, finally clean out that messy drawer and finish that project that’s been at the back of our minds for so long.