How to Beat Procrastination

Procrastinate No More!

To me, most procrastination advice is worthless. It’s usually a rallying cry to willpower, which, if we had it … well, we wouldn’t be procrastinating.

I’m also a firm believer that some forms of procrastination simply mean that we’re not ready to act. We’re working it out, and when we get it, we’ll do it.

But, sometimes we know exactly what we need to do, and yet find ways to avoid the work. That’s the kind of procrastination that becomes a dream killer.

So, Claire Emerson gives us a Further original that focuses on the two true keys — identifying emotional barriers and developing smart habits. Not your usual procrastination advice:

These 7 Smart Systems Will Help You Beat Procrastination

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Brian Clark

further: resources


Low carb dieting seems pretty simple at first: just eat fewer carbs. But fewer than … what? There are three carb cutoffs that researchers use to define “low-carb”, plus a fourth option that involves carb timing.

Does “Low Carb” Have an Official Definition?

Diet Reversal

Why is it that most diets cause weight loss followed by a period where you gain weight? It’s a mystery that leads most people to believe that the entire diet industry is a hoax.

Why You Gain Weight on Diets (And The Simple Fix That Can Keep Off the Pounds)


This week, a study published in Nature threw a wrench into the classical theory of aging. In a technical tour-de-force, a team led by Dr. Dongsheng Cai from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine pinpointed a critical source of aging to a small group of stem cells within the hypothalamus.

Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Offers New Clues to Reversing Aging

Eco Maniac

What does it mean to be a true eco resort? Simply put, an eco resort is a lodging facility that takes active steps toward environmental sustainability and social responsibility by helping its natural surroundings and the local community.

What It Means to Stay at an Eco Resort

Starlight to Sunshine

Thanks to light pollution and smog, 90 percent of the world’s population can no longer see the Milky Way, making our national parks celestial preserves. Next time you go camping, pack a pair of binoculars and enjoy the greatest show on earth.

Best Places to Stargaze in Our National Parks

Rich Man Poor Man

Anxious and pessimistic people may assess their financial situation too negatively, while some people may be overly optimistic about their wealth due to fantasies of affluence.

Why You Feel Richer or Poorer Than You Really Are

Annoy Polloi

You need a somewhat flexible strategy to cope with annoying people. The immediate options boil down to fight, flight, freeze, surrender, holding your ground, strategizing, meta-communication, and self-reflection.

Eight Ways to Cope with Annoying People

Model Thinking

Following up on last week’s focus on mental models, here’s a deeper look at one meta-model. Why? You must find an edge. You must think differently to be your best you.

Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform

Lonesome Dove

Loneliness makes the areas of the brain that are vigilant for threat more active, a new study finds. This can make people who are socially isolated more abrasive and defensive.

How Loneliness Affects Your Brain

Happy Beginning

Researchers believe that some happiness habits are easier to build than others. So rather than starting with whatever happiness habit is currently the most popular, you’ll likely be better off starting with habits that are easier or more fun.

What’s the Best Way to Start Getting Happier?

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Originally published at Further.