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On dealing with procrastination

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

Someone recently asked me about how to deal with procrastination when it comes to work and if I ever get writer’s block. The answer is no, I don’t have those problems. It’s not because I have a strong mental mindset or anything like that (at least I don’t think so). All I’ve done is condition myself to work regardless of circumstance.

If I had to describe what it is I’m doing, it is preempting mental thought. I never let the downtime come because when you do, that’s when the laziness kicks in. You start thinking about something else you’d rather do, check your social media or Reddit, think to yourself that you did enough work.

Don’t let yourself think about any of that. When you finish one thing, get to the next, and then the next, and then the next. You want your mind to be like a drill, where its entire focus is honed into a single point. It should be: “What is it I have to do now?” and then do it. Remove all thought and all distractions and focus on the single moment and the single task. The best quote I’ve heard of explain this is from Sugar Ray Robinson who said, “You don’t think. It’s all instinct. If you stop to think, you’re gone.”

As a side benefit of this, I’ve found that I can enjoy my time off a lot more as I have no guilt or weight about doing my work later as it’s already done.


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