Beating procrastination: What else would I be doing?
Last week I caught myself, again. Putting off a task, again. Thinking to myself, “I’ll do it later”, again.
Only this time, a challenge popped into my head. A new question. A question which caught me by surprise – and got me into actually doing the work.
The question was simple, clear and direct: What else would I be doing?
If I don’t do this now, what else would I use these 5 minutes for? What other way would I spend my time?
Surfing on Facebook, and reading a random, vaguely relevant and interesting article posted by a friend. Checking email (again). Or just looking out of the window.
Seriously, what else would I be doing? Is it worth putting off this task so that I can lose myself for an extra five minutes in distractions? What else would I be doing?
I did my task.
What else would you be doing?
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