[PODCAST] #331: Stop Procrastinating NOW! (or soon) – Part 2 – Techniques For Less Worry and More Action


A short series about the roots of, forms of and remedies for procrastination.

-Worrying is at the root of most procrastination
We CAN transform worry into rational action

1. Thinking Techniques
2. Emotional Techniques
3. Behavioral Techniques

-It's the practice of living consciously
-THE ABC TOOL: + D and E
-(D) Dispute: Scientific Method – find proof, active process, thinking can just run on unevaluated
-(E) Effective new philosophy: thought through some repetition
-Modeling or Mentoring
-My time at Tragedy and Hope
-Looking into people, not up to them
-Semantic precision
-GTD, do actions, not projects

-It's the practice of self-acceptance
-Rational-emotive imagery: (the stoic action of negative visualization)
-Imagine and experience failure

-It's the practice of self-responsibility and the practice of self-assertiveness
-what comes first: motivation or action?
-keeping records of things done to dispute the idea "I am ineffective"
-2-minute rule
-Shame attacking exercise – for people that put themselves down or worry about disapproval of others
-Journaling, recording
-Do what you are afraid of doing

Look Closer:
David Allen, Getting Things Done - http://www.davidco.com/

The Trivium method - http://www.triviumeducation.com/

tragedyandhope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy

ABC Worksheet - http://www.stressgroup.com/ABCworksheet.html

The Tim Ferriss Show Ep. 17: The Power of Negative Visualization - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rws-Oe-0Dec

Related Listening:
Series: Presence and Productivity (With Richard Grove, Tony Myers and Jake DeSyllas)
Series: The Trivium (with Gene Odening)
Series: The Trivium Applied to Communication (with Darrell Becker)

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  1. Great series – really enjoying it. Interested in your description of how you use Evernote in conjunction with GTD. I am an avid GTD fan and am always looking for ways to reduce the overhead of actually implementing the method. Is Evernote the only tool you use, even for calendar?

    Today, my GTD system consists of outlook calendar, Toodledo for tasks and Evernote for notes / filing. If I could get it all into Evernote that seems simpler.

  2. Hi Brett:

    I have been a procrastinator most of my life, and I can say that your podcast series has really given me some good ideas to start working on! Incidentally, you mentioned the “Puke and his friends” podcasts in your show. Where can I link up with that program? They just sounded like fun to listen to.

    Thanks for doing this series!

  3. Brett you always got a shit hot soundtrack on the go fella

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