I gave up on the idea of “beating” procrastination. I’ve tried all the to-do apps and all the productivity hacks. I just accepted that it’s part of my nature and I should embrace it.
Not mindlessly embrace it though.
Introducing a competing response
A competing response is a pre-decided alternative action when a specific habit triggers.
Let’s say I’m having a hard time on a specific task. My default action is to take a break and browse reddit/twitter/facebook. My competing response is to spend time with my family instead.
“I love them more than evolution required” is a phrase that I keep feeling whenever I spend time with them.
I’m still procrastinating but I’m spending it on something I enjoy and worth doing.