As I go through Learning: How To Learn, I have realised few things about procrastination and how I am affected by it.
The cue or trigger
My main trigger is time. If it is 9.40am and I need to do something, I will tell myself that I can start at 10 and hence end up procrastinating. 10 becomes 11, 11 becomes after lunch and so on. So to avoid that here are the changes I am doing.
- Removed date and time from computer menu bar. On mac, just click on the time in menubar and then in preferences you can disable it.
- Removed all at a glance information in android. This is the information about upcoming stuff - flights, meetings, event, reminders. I will get notifications about those when closer to time. But I don’t need to know about upcoming flights 72 hours in advance.
- Waking up everyday, including weekends, at 6am.
- Working on my most important task of the day from 630am to 7am.