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Ten Ways of Thinking that Lead to Procrastination

Ten Ways of Thinking that Lead to Procrastination
(And Rebuttals to Those Thoughts)


I need to warm up first by writing some email.
Rebuttal: You can warm up by starting the work slowly, making a list of what you will do, reading over your notes or writing from yesterday.

I’m not in a good mood and I don’t write well when I’m not in a good mood – I’ll do it later when I feel better.
Rebuttal: Nothing will make you feel as good as getting something done. The main reason for your bad mood is that you don’t really want to do this task, so getting it out of the way will feel great.

Life is so hard – I can’t believe I have to do this unpleasant task. I’ll even it out by doing something more fun first.
Rebuttal: Yes, life is hard, and it’s terrible that you have to do this task. That’s why you will reward yourself after you do the task. Otherwise you’re applying backwards conditioning, which doesn’t work. And don’t forget to plan enough fun and relaxation time into your schedule.

I’ll definitely do …

Shake it off and move on...

A member of my current teleclass just posted this lovely story, which should be inspiring to any academic dealing with the dirt shoveled on them by daily life.


One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal he would shake it off …

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