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Here's how you can break the procrastination habit

Posted at 1:40 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 14:40:51-04

Ivanhoe Newswire -- Online shopping, cooking, browsing the internet, or just doing whatever you can to delay starting that important project is just a few ways people procrastinate.

According to a New York Times article, it has to do with our emotions rather than time management.

According to the Association for Psychology Science, 20 percent of people are considered chronic procrastinators. So how do we break the habit?

Try the two-minute rule: if you want to fold the laundry, starting with folding a pair of socks. Or if you need to study for that big test, just open your notes to start.

But if you feel forced, do the activity for two minutes only and then stop immediately.

Another suggestion is creating a detailed outlined list of things you need to do in order to finish the task. According to a professor from Carleton University, focusing on the next action can calm the nerves. Also, identify browser bookmarks that take up time and put them in a folder to restrict your access to them.

The website, Lifehack.org, also suggests telling others about your goals. That way people will ask about the status of your project. Or, find someone who has accomplished the goal in order to see that your goal is achievable.