Control Procrastination with Mindfulness

Give Distraction a Name and a Face

I’ve seen lots of posts over the years about procrastination. Many have offered their takes on why we put off important to-dos until a later, inopportune time. It’s an impulsivity problem. It’s actually good for you (e.g. helps identify unnecessary tasks). Within limits, it even makes you more creative.

While all the above is helpful, the following TED talk by Tim Urban, a blogger at Wait But Why, gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of how his mind procrastinates. Not sure if he’s the first, but he personifies the competing impulses in his head and brings them to life through hilarious illustrations.


Humor aside, is this helpful? Yes. There’s a lot of buzz about mindfulness lately, especially how it helps you take control of the subconscious thought processes that lie beneath your behaviors. By giving a name and a face to the distracting voice within, you can be mindful of who is taking over and choose a different course of action.

So, who is the great distractor? Watch the video to find out. I’ve already rebuked him a couple times today. 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts on procrastination in the comments.

Questions: How do you deal with it? Does it get better with age? How do you use it to your advantage?



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