Remind Yourself That Emotions Don't Matter To Muster Motivation

“I’m not feeling up to it” is a known killer. This phrase has gotten away with the brutal murder of countless hours of productivity and accomplishment. Yet we keep allowing it to do so, because we fail to acknowledge a simple truth: you don’t need to feel like doing something to do it.

Stop Procrastinating By Reminding Yourself You'll Be Lazy Later, Too

People procrastinate for different reasons, but a big one is convincing yourself you’ll have more energy later. It’s easy to put this burden on our future self, but most of the time, we’re just as lazy, busy or tired in the future as we are now.

How To Motivate Yourself To Actually Start That Passion Project

You have a brilliant idea for a project. You’ve talked about it, planned it to death, analysed your options — yet nothing has come of it. It’s time to stop talking about that project and actually do it. Here’s how.

Create A Separate Chrome User Account To Reduce Distractions

It’s easy to get distracted when the first thing your browser shows you in the morning is Facebook, Twitter or your favourite site. Reduce the clutter by adding a separate, work-only account to Chrome.

Use A Special Calendar Colour For Deadlines (As Opposed To Events)

Most of us hate deadlines, but they’re part of life. If your deadlines are whooshing by, adding a unique colour cues you in that the deadline is creeping up.

Don't Use Preparation As An Excuse To Procrastinate Change

Whether it’s switching jobs, moving to a new city or ending a relationship, change can be scary. Sometimes, we tell ourselves we’re planning for change when we’re actually just putting it off.

Find The Hurdles In A Project Before Procrastinating

Let’s be honest. You’re going to procrastinate at some point. It happens. Before it does, though, spend the time — say, 15-30 minutes — to identify the problems you’ll inevitably face in a project.

Trick Yourself Into Meeting Self-Set Deadlines By Keeping Them Urgent

Setting a deadline for yourself can be helpful or completely useless, depending on how you treat it. You can give yourself a higher chance of actually meeting your own deadlines by setting them near the present.

Space Out Studying, Don't Cram, To Learn More Effectively

All it takes is one semester of university to realise how easy it is to slip into a last-minute cram session habit, and two semesters to realise how poorly you remember things after a marathon cramming session. Try pacing yourself instead.

Create A Personal Starting Ritual To Kickstart New Habits

The first step to any new habit is always the hardest. To ease the transition, create a ritual that prepares you for the task to bridge the gap between your existing routine and your new one.