Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

End Procrastination In 15 Minutes

Most kids hate homework. And for good reason.

It doesn’t work.

Traditional homework acts like an assessment. The student gets a problem that he has to solve before the next class. After he hands it in he gets a grade and some feedback, but no do-over because the curriculum has already moved onto the next thing.

So if you don’t get it right the first time, you have to make up for a bad grade by acing the next homework assignment.

These unforgiving skill evaluations teach kids to fear homework and its potentially scary consequences.

Unless corrected, this repulsion of homework can carry through into adulthood and turn us into professional procrastinators. 

Now we don’t want to do anything that we’re not paid to do. Even if it can improve our lives.

“I’m not doing that. That’s work.”

Which is true. It is work. But it doesn’t have to be as painful as doing homework.

In fact, doing work—whether that’s creating art, writing a blog post, filming a video,  or recording a song—is fun once you get past the first 15 minutes.

Knowing that, however, isn’t enough. Your brain still associates work with pain and will pull you to Facebook or sneezing pandas the first chance it gets.

The way you get around procrastination is to set aside a time and place where you’re not allowed to do anything but work.

That means zero distractions.

No phone. No unnecessary screens. No music.

Just an empty cube where your only options are to do nothing or work.

How do you know when you’re finished?

When the time you assigned is up. I suggest no less than 30 minutes.

Follow this routine enough and your brain will eventually know exactly what to do once it walks into that cube. So if you want to end procrastination, you better find one.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach