Deep Existence

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WARNING: Don’t Overanalyze Procrastination

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The hardest problem to try to solve is one that doesn’t actually exist.

Sometimes when I’ve been procrastinating, I’ve assumed that there’s some huge problem that’s preventing me from working. Shortly after, I find myself focused on finding this problem:

  • Am I too tired?
  • Are my motivation and/or willpower low?
  • Am I lost on my project and thus avoiding it?
  • Am I giving in too easily to distractions? Am I addicted to them?

When I assume that there is a problem preventing me from working right now, I’ll try to solve it. Stop Overanalyzing…

Choose “Active Relaxation” Over Stressful Working

relaxRelaxation generates productivity, and I don’t just mean that in a “we need to take breaks to be productive” way. A calm, relaxed mind enhances performance while working. I call this productive form of it “active relaxation.”

Relaxation and stress are counter-forces; opposites on the same spectrum. So one way to see how relaxation affects productivity is to see how stress affects it, and that’s something we already know… Relax…

Tomorrow Is Not Your Friend

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This is today, and it’s beautiful. Tomorrow is gross. (photo by szeke)

I used to see tomorrow as my friend.

If I had a bad day, there was always tomorrow’s fresh start to save me. If I wasn’t productive today, I could just get a little bit more done tomorrow. Whenever today wasn’t perfect, tomorrow still had the possibility. Anything could happen tomorrow!

But as time went on, I saw the red flags. Read This TODAY.