Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

The Easiest Way To Stop Procrastinating

Everyone is going through something.

Maybe you had a big fight with your significant other. Perhaps the health of a loved one is slowly deteriorating. Or you just lost half your savings to an overzealous Bitcoin investment.

Your plate is so full, the contents are spilling onto your lap.

But life goes on.

So when you step into the office the next morning and see dozens of new emails and Slack messages, your brain zones out. Next thing you know you’re 10 videos deep on YouTube watching a dude unclogging the drain of a lake.

Meanwhile your deadline has inched itself a little closer and you hate yourself for wasting  time.

How do you get around procrastination when times are tough?

By knowing why you procrastinate.

If you’re going through tough times, procrastination is always triggered by stress.

The very thought of work is another drop in the bucket that you can’t take on right now, so you automatically turn to some kind of stress release.

Stressed out brain + new stress = desire for de-stress

There is only one reliable way to break the procrastination cycle: changing your response.

Sadly it’s impossible to live a stress-free life, there will always be times where you’ll be a jittery bundle of nerves, but you can change what you do once you feel a desire to procrastinate.

Instead of opening YouTube or checking your Twitter, you want to take a deep breath and acknowledge the stress. 

Next, you want to tackle the easiest task on your to-do list and stick with it for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Odds are you’ll keep going because you don’t find the work nearly as difficult or tiring as you previously thought.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach