17 ANTI-PROCRASTINATION HACKS BY DOMINIC MANN | BOOK SUMMARY
17 Anti-Procrastination Hacks by Dominic Mann is a list written to help you stop being lazy, overcome procrastination and finally get stuff done. Procrastination is something everyone can relate to. Mann's list has different approaches, theories and techniques you can apply to your daily life to get more done and avoid the
1. WHY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE PROCRASTINATE (AND HOW NOT TO)
Intelligent people are more often the ones that feel the urge to procrastinate. This is because they are more likely to see and think about the consequences. It’s going to be boring. It’s going to be difficult etc.
Meanwhile, the less-intelligent of the world often just do whatever is in front of them. No thoughts of consequences.
A mere glance at your tax form or to-do list can send intelligent brains on a mental tangent of negative thought-patterns that go so deep they paralyze one from taking action. Unfortunately, all of this over-thinking not only gets us nowhere but it freezes us. So what’s the solution? Develop the “next action” habit…
2. DEVELOP THE NEXT ACTION HABIT
To stop procrastinating, shift your focus from the overwhelming immensity of the entire forest (i.e. project) to just a single tree (i.e. a small task). Focus only on the next physical action needed to move forward and do it. The reason this is one of the most effective is because you shift your focus from something overwhelming to
something your mind perceives as doable.
3. BUILD MOMENTUM: THE PHYSICS OF PRODUCTIVITY
You see, productive people tends to stay productive. Or, as they say, “Nothing succeeds like success.” Productive people tend to get one thing done, then another, and another. One thing spurs them on to the next, and the next. They build up momentum and that pushes them along. One small step leads to another. Focus on taking action and you’ll find that momentum rolls in that direction.
4. MAKE A TASTY TO-DO LIST
Instead of putting “New tires” on your to-do list, put “Call tire store for prices.” Reduce your focus to no more than, “what is the very next physical action I can take? What is the next action?”—and then do it. Make these little actions simple, easy, and actionable.
5. THE TWO-MINUTE RULE
If something takes less than two minutes to do, do it now. Just get it out of the way. No more drowning in your inbox or having your apartment look like a landfill. If something takes less than two minutes, take care of it immediately.
6. SET MACRO GOALS AND MICRO QUOTAS
We can all relate to how frustrating and disheartening it can be to be stuck doing a single task for an extending period of time. Books can take months (or years) to complete. That wasn’t going to work. Even chapters can take several days. That wouldn’t work either. So author Anthony Trollope’s solution was to measure his progress in 15-minutes increments. With this approach, Trollope gets a regular dosage of motivating feelings of
accomplishment. He gets these small wins every 15 minutes. Small indicators of progress spur you to do more and more. These little accomplishments—much like an effective morning routine—help to quickly develop your day into one with an attitude of effectiveness and productivity.
Find a way to balance the satisfaction of getting things done and pursuing your biggest and most ambitious goals by setting “macro goals” and “micro quotas”.
7. TIME BLOCKS
Without truly committing to doing an activity—such as by specifying exactly when, where, and how you will do a specific task—procrastination just becomes too easy.
1. First of all, and perhaps most obviously, you need to decide exactly what it is you need to get done. Block out time for it.
2. During this time block, eliminate everything else. Put your devices on airplane mode, take advantage of website blocking tools, etc.
To truly overcome procrastination and get stuff done, you need to really, really commit. Set aside a block of time, cut out all distractions. And give yourself no choice but to do whatever it is you need to do.
8. THE BUTT-IN-CHAIR METHOD
This 100 percent effective anti-procrastination strategy, as the name implies, involves putting your butt in the chair at your desk for a certain period of time each day. No distractions. Nothing. Just you and your pen and paper (or word document).
The power of committing a block of undistracted time to working on a specific task cannot be overstated. Committing to an undistracted time block is perhaps the single most effective anti-procrastination technique there is.
9. AIRPLANE DAYS
A surprising array of people has noted that they are at their most productive when they are 30,000 feet in the air. Why is this? It simply comes down to this: There are no distractions.
Fortunately, you don’t need to dish out thousands of dollars and go on an international flight every time you need an ultra-productive work session. Instead, just pretend that you are going on an all-day flight. Get out of the office, block out of the day on your shared calendar if you have one, and put (and keep) all your devices on airplane mode. Today you are on an (imaginary) international flight.
10. CREATE A DISTRACTION TO-DO LIST
Rather than succumbing to the temptation in the moment, simply write down whatever it is you want to do or thought of onto your “distraction to-do list” and get straight back to work. Later on, once all your important tasks are