Dealing with procrastination #1 - daily TODO
TL;DR write a list of tasks to complete for the next day.
Procrastination (from latin's "procrastinare", that translates in to : the prefix pro-, 'forward', and suffix -crastinus, 'till next day' from cras, 'tomorrow' ) is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished.Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the "last minute" before a deadline. Procrastination can take hold on any aspect of life—putting off cleaning the stove, repairing a leaky roof, seeing a doctor or dentist, submitting a job report or academic assignment or broaching a stressful issue with a partner. Procrastination can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt.
Writing a TODO list for the next day is one of best ways to deal with procrastination. Apart of giving you clear tasks to focus on, it deals with "quilt" problem giving sense of accomplishment of the day plan.
Additionally, if you compose this TODO before going to bed your brain will subconsciously start processing those tasks. Who knows, maybe you will wake up with one of those "Eureka!" moments ;)
Couple of key points:
- divide long, complicated probles into small, managable tasks
- put them in order: most difficult -> least difficult. It's easier to handle hard problems in the morning when distractions have not piled up yet.
- keep the list short, going home with unfinished list may cause feeling of guilt instead of eliminating it
- A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science by Barbara Oakley, Ph.D.