The next time you feel unmotivated, consult this handy flowchart for a cure. Based on the book The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel, the chart guides you to do one of four things associated with motivation and defeating procrastination.
Researchers have previously identified the mathematical formula for procrastination. Essentially, motivation is the result of how much you value completing a task multiplied by your perceived odds of success. Then that is divided by how impulsive (distractible) you are and the length of time until you have to complete the task.
To help you stop dawdling, Alex Vermeer created this easy-to-follow flowchart. Increase the pleasantness and value of the task by following the squares on the left. Decrease impulsiveness by following the ones on the right. Increase expectancy of success with the squares at the bottom. Rinse and repeat until you finally get moving.
The poster is available for download in many sizes or you could order a high-res printed one. Here’s the 1920×1080 version:
How to Get Motivated: A Guide for Defeating Procrastination [Alexvermeer.com]