Procrastination happens because seemingly unpleasant tasks actually trigger a brief and mild brain response that is similar to physical pain. To avoid that discomfort, we will very likely shift our attention to something more pleasant, which will provide only temporary satifaction. The good news is that the discomfort is related to anticipation only, and typically subsides very quickly once we actually get started on the task.
The Pomodoro Method is a very simple and effective way to beat procrastination. It is named after the Italian word for tomato because many kitchen timers come in the shape of a tomato. Follow these four steps to beat procrastination and accomplish some good learning in a short time.
- Eliminate all sources of distraction
- Set a timer for 25 minutes
- Focus for the full time
- Reward yourself at the end