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How to Stop Procrastinating

The ability to change your habits may revolve around a neurological loop.



 

We all desire to be productive individuals who meet deadlines and show our true potential. We all like to feel as sense of accomplishment for completing a task. But, sometimes we have our pitfalls. We fail at being the best versions of ourselves. However, we also know we have the ability to reverse our habits.

Once you recognize this, you are on track to being the better version of yourself.

“At the core of every habit is a neurological loop with three parts: a cue, a routine and a reward, wrote Charles Duhigg, a New York Times reporter and author.

For example, you have a report due. However, you notice there are also some files that need to be worked on. (The report has a deadline, while the files can be done any other time.)

Yet, you decide to work on the files. That’s your cue. (Bingo!) You’re evading the report that needs to be completed.

Once you recognize this, you have to change the routine that follows. That means leave the files and start working on the report. You will feel rewarded after starting the report because it no longer is on the back burner and you no longer have to feel anxiety about starting.

So do not just read this article. (Cue!) Change your routine and do not ignore this advice. It could indeed be rewarding for you.

 

 

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