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Why can’t we stop ourselves from procrastinating?

It’s not a time-management issue, nor is it an issue of willpower and discipline.

Why can’t we stop ourselves from procrastinating?
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As far as obstacles to productivity go, procrastination is a challenge that many run into over and over again. Add in the uncertainties caused by COVID-19 and tackling any task that requires brainpower can feel downright impossible.

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That’s because, as my cohost (and Fast Company assistant editor) Pavithra Mohan and I discuss on this week’s episode of Secrets Of The Most Productive Peopleprocrastination—at its core—is about our unwillingness to deal with unpleasant emotions. It’s not a time-management issue, nor is it an issue of willpower and discipline. We often procrastinate because we assume that as soon as we start that thing we’re putting off, we will experience bad feelings.

Mohan also spoke to Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life about why discipline and willpower is a myth when it comes to combating distraction and procrastination, and the role of internal and external triggers. We also discuss how self-compassion can go a long way in combating distraction and procrastination.

You can listen and subscribe to Secrets of the Most Productive People on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcherSpotifyRadioPublic, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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About the author

Anisa is a freelance writer and editor who covers the intersection of work and life, personal development, money, and entrepreneurship. Previously, she was the assistant editor for Fast Company's Work Life section and the co-host of Secrets Of The Most Productive people podcast.

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