How to Hack the Dopamine System and Beat Procrastination

A quick fix to break out of the procrastination cycle

Kristina Segarra
Mind Cafe

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Photo by Simon Hurry on Unsplash

How many times have you postponed a dreadful task or project only to find yourself scrolling through your phone or social media? Just thinking about it drives you insane.

You know you’re on the wrong track, but your brain is an evil trickster who loves playing games with you. You wish you could take control and break a vicious cycle.

To do that, you need to hack the dopamine circuits in your brain.

Dopamine is a chemical in our brain that makes us feel good. It gives us a sense of reward and pleasure. It helps us stay motivated and on task. But it also plays a huge role in procrastination.

And so, a quick way to fix procrastination is to raise the level of dopamine.

You probably know some common things in your everyday life that naturally help raise dopamine levels. For example, drinking coffee, eating dark chocolate, going for a run, listening to music, and making small wins.

When we engage in these activities, our brain responds by releasing dopamine. As a result, we become addicted to what we love the most. In other words, our brain becomes conditioned to receive the pleasure and avoid the pain. Because of…

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Kristina Segarra
Mind Cafe

Freelance health/wellness/self-improvement writer, musician, mom of two boys. Join my newsletter: https://self-empowerment-club.ck.page/a9d23100d4