7 Unusual Cures for Procrastination

Give them a try — they work!

Lisa Sealey
3 min readNov 3, 2022

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Everyone procrastinates.

Everyone.

However, some of us are better at dealing with procrastination than others. Do you want to know the secret? The people that get things done are more effective at minimizing procrastination.

We all know that getting things done can be challenging. It’s much harder than not getting things done — in the short term.

But procrastination has a steep price. It creates a lot of stress. Even though you may be relaxing while avoiding a task, you’re stressed and anxious. You also become more stressed when your deadline approaches.

Try these unusual strategies to deal with procrastination.

Put your procrastination to good use. When you procrastinate, you do something (a task or other activity) instead of what you should be doing. Use that. It might sound silly, but create a list that includes some awful tasks that you can add to your to-do list. You’ll then procrastinate on those tasks and perform the tasks you need to accomplish. The psychology of it is that we are willing to do an unpleasant job if we can avoid doing something even more unpleasant.

Go to a new location. Head to the library, park, or coffee shop. You could even move to a different area of the house or find a vacant office at your workplace. A change of scenery can often minimize the tendency to procrastinate. Part of your brain associates procrastination with your usual hangouts, like your desk or office.

Use a timer and a concise time frame. Getting started is often the most challenging part. It’s surprising how easy it is to complete a task versus taking the first step. Set a two-minute timer and see how much you can get done. If two minutes is too much, try one minute.

Are you still having trouble getting started? Make a list of steps for your first task and do the first one. When you have a list, you won’t waste any mental energy trying to figure out what to do, making it easier to begin.

Try working at unusual times. For example, get out of bed at 4 AM and see how much you can get done before your standard wake-up time. Or try staying up late and see what happens…

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Lisa Sealey

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