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A Simple Algorithm for Beating Procrastination

Mike Fishbein
Jul 24, 2017 · 4 min read
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  • Paying bills or completing paperwork
  • Having difficult conversations with friends, family or colleagues

Sometimes procrastination is a good strategy

Dr. Lisle posits that procrastinating is not necessarily indicative of a character flaw or moral shortcoming. Rather, it’s an adaptive strategy that was quite effective for our ancestors, and can even be effective today.

Update your algorithm

Your brain runs a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether it should procrastinate on a given task or complete it.

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Beat your procrastinating genes

Don’t beat yourself up too much about your tendency to procrastinate. It’s natural. Procrastination was often an effective strategy for our ancestors.

Two more things…

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