I just spent a couple hours on StackExchange. Why? Because I have some important things that need to get done, and those things are not going to be fun. Yes, it's procrastination.

So, I thought, what better way to procrastinate than to ask a question about how to end procrastination.

I see that this LifeHacks SE specifically asks for questions "looking for simple and practical tips to life's everyday problems that may not have an obvious solution". Procrastination is certainly one of life's everyday problems and it clearly does not have an obvious solution. Sounds good.

So what specific lifehacks can you recommend that actually work to put an end to procrastination?

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  • Just go do your thing. Get it over with, and you won't have to worry about it. – Adam Zuckerman Dec 19 '15 at 0:38
  • Well, welcome to the human race - I should be washing walls and then putting the Christmas tree up, but I'm on the internet instead - for exactly the same reason, procrastination. But it will get done today, one way or another, you just have to get on with it, the only 'hack' might be that you can focus on how good you'll feel once you've done whatever it is you're putting off - lighter, freer and with a degree of self satisfaction. Ain't no easy answer... other than paying someone else to do whatever it is... – Bamboo Dec 19 '15 at 11:05

One thing to try is the Pomodoro Technique. This is a way to get started and focused. Often getting started is the issue, once the ice is broken you often find yourself in the flow. Works for me, but you have to avoid distraction for those 25 mins.

Another technique if you are facing a large amount of work, is to break it down into chunks, and just commit to completing one chunk at a time. It's easier to move a brick at a time rather than trying to lift the entire wall.


You cure yourself of procrastination by changing how you think about the task, and about yourself. Important tasks are daunting. What's really that important? And you...you don't have to be a procrastinator. Brainwash yourself to change. Each morning write ten times: I am eager to get going on my tasks. This works best with several cups of coffee. Then jump right up and get started!

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