One piece of advice I often see given to procrastinators is to “just do it”.

I know the people giving this advice mean well (most of the time), but to tell someone who is struggling with procrastination to “just do it” is not only not helpful, but can actually make the problem worse.

Here is why.

It’s not helpful since “not doing it” is a symptom of a problem, not the problem itself

Procrastination looks like “not being able to do what you want to do”.

But you have to ask: “why can’t someone do what they want to do?”

Not being able to do things is ultimately the symptom of an underlying problem (usually multiple related…

What is the difference between laziness and procrastination?
What is the difference between laziness and procrastination?
What is the difference between procrastination and laziness?

While from the outside laziness and procrastination can look the same, what is going on inside the people doing these things is fundamentally different.

Laziness is about not being willing to put in the work and energy needed to do something.

Whereas procrastination is about feeling unable to put in the work, despite really wanting to.

Laziness is a choice

As strange as it may sound at first, laziness is a choice, in the sense that that you don’t want to put in the work or energy so you don’t.

You might choose to have a lazy Sunday where you take it easy and…

There are literally hundreds of apps out there to help you track your habits, keep on top of your to-do list and manage information via notes.

But one type of productivity app is really hard to find: a good goal tracking app!

What about those “best goal tracking app” lists?

Most of the lists you can find online that recommend different goal tracking apps, include lots of habit trackers, some to-do apps and only one or two actual goal tracking apps.

Yes, tracking habits and completing tasks are related to goal achievement. But I wouldn’t call these kinds of apps “goal tracking apps”.

Must-have features of a goal tracking app

In my opinion a goal…

Want to achieve your goals this year?

It’s that time of the year where many of us are setting goals.

And if you haven’t been successful with reaching your goals in the past, this post is for you.

I will go over the 5 crucial steps you need to take to ensure your goal achieving system is rock solid.

How to achieve your goals - 5 action steps
How to achieve your goals - 5 action steps
How to achieve your goals — 5 action steps

1. Pick the right goal

The first step is pretty obvious: pick a goal!

But what is not so obvious is how to pick a good goal and phrase it in a motivating way.

The goldilocks rule of picking a goal

A good goal should stretch you but also not be too challenging.

One of the great productivity paradoxes is that the more we have to do the less we actually get done.

Sound familiar?

Why does this happen? And more importantly what can you do mow through your to-dos when they threaten to overwhelm you?

Keep reading and find out.

Why is it so hard to get things done when you have too much to do?

Lowered motivation

As humans we feel motivated by making meaningful progress.

We crave completion and visible progress lets us know that what we are doing is getting us closer to the end goal, which motivates us to do more.

But when your to-do list is 10 meters long, checking off 1 or even 10…

We can get really fancy here at Amazing Marvin with our to-do list strategies.

And there is a place for those advanced strategies. But if you like to keep things simple you are in luck. Because in this post I will show you one of the simplest to-do list strategy in the world.

And it is incredibly effective!

The Ivy Lee method

Ivy Lee was hired by one of the richest men in the world at the time, Charles M. Schwab, to make his employees more productive.

The simple method he taught all of them is what is now known as the Ivy Lee…

It would be difficult to find an adult on this planet that has never written a to-do list.

The to-do list is often the first attempt of gaining some control over your life when you feel like you are drowning in responsibility.

But to-do lists come in many forms. And understanding the different types of to-do lists is crucial so you can use them effectively.

In this post I will explain the difference between an endless and a finite to-do list and why you want to use both types in your life to reap maximum benefits.

The two main types of to-do lists

The endless to-do list

If you simply write…

In the 9–5 era, much is made of squeezing every last drop of productivity to get ahead in the world. But realistically, how many hours can a human actually be productive and get work done each day?

Is it realistic to actually work for eight hours a day, like many people are still paid to do?

Well, let’s dig in and figure it out.

FYI, if you don’t want to read through the entire thing and just cut to the chase, scroll down to read the key takeaway at the bottom.

Why this question matters — setting the right expectations

Understanding the human limits of productivity is really important…

Here is a question I see a lot in productivity forums: “How can I get by on less sleep so I have more time to work?”.

In this post I want to show you why that is entirely the wrong question to ask and going down this road will make all your productivity problems worse.

But more importantly, I will show you what to ask instead (“How can I improve my sleep quality?” ) and give you a big overview on how to do exactly that.

How sleep deprivation hurts your productivity

Sleep can definitely seem like a productivity robber. All those hours just lying around…

Procrastination is a complex beast.

But it is far from an automatic death sentence for your dreams and aspirations. Even if it often feels that way.

No matter how bad your procrastination is, how ingrained the habit is and why you do it there is hope. Procrastination can be fixed.

If you are serious about overcoming procrastination

If you are serious about overcoming your procrastination long-term I highly encourage you to

  • take the time to really understand procrastination in general
  • dig deep on your own procrastination patterns
  • follow a clear action plan for overcoming the habit

I am working on a 3 month online procrastination bootcamp that…

Christina Willner

Founder of Amazing Marvin - the ultimate productivity tool | Productivity Expert |

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