Managing Our Anxieties in Practice: In-the-Moment Mental Checklist for Precrastinators

No matter how buttoned up your to-do list or how organized your To-Do Matrix, there will inevitably be things that come up on a day-to-day basis that you weren’t anticipating. If you’re a precrastinator, these types of interruptions may cause you a great deal of anxiety, and you may be inclined to tackle them rightContinue reading “Managing Our Anxieties in Practice: In-the-Moment Mental Checklist for Precrastinators”

Reader Q&A: How To Make Time For My Interests

Q: I always go into the year with the best intentions. I have a lot of interests and enjoy several hobbies, and I have a long list of books and articles I want to read. But time and time again, my work gets in the way. I have a demanding job, and it seems likeContinue reading “Reader Q&A: How To Make Time For My Interests”

Reader Q&A: How Do I Make Chores Enjoyable?

Q: I like the idea that we should do things that watch out for our future selves, but in a way that’s enjoyable today. How can I put into practice the idea of being preinclined for things that are legitimately boring, like chores? I don’t find anything enjoyable about folding laundry or doing dishes. A:Continue reading “Reader Q&A: How Do I Make Chores Enjoyable?”

Pre & Procrastination Planner 2021

2021 is upon us, and it’s time to do some self-reflection and planning for the new year! To help you with this worthwhile endeavor, we’ve created a Pre & Procrastination Planner 2021. We hope this will give you a useful structure to start thinking about what 2020 was like for you, and what you’d likeContinue reading “Pre & Procrastination Planner 2021”

Reader Q&A: Should I Respond to One-off Tasks Quickly?

Q: I read your post about how to implement your Day-to-Day Motivations framework and have a question. One of the examples you cite is about holding off on responding to emails that would benefit from taking more time, and I definitely agree with your proposed handling of the example you used. I also recognize thatContinue reading “Reader Q&A: Should I Respond to One-off Tasks Quickly?”

Colleague Duo: Carylyne & Emily on Remote Working Styles

Seeing the results of our Are You Pre or Pro quiz, it occurred to us that not only is it worth looking at individuals’ results on their own, it’s also interesting to think about people’s pre- and procrastinatory tendencies in the context of their relationships, and how an individual’s behaviors, and the behaviors of thoseContinue reading “Colleague Duo: Carylyne & Emily on Remote Working Styles”

Big Picture Goals Framework (The 4 P’s) in Practice

Have you reviewed our Big Picture Goals Framework (the 4 P’s) and want to see how they apply to real-world scenarios? Read on! As a reminder, the 4 P’s are as follows: Ponder Prepare Proceed Post-Mortem Let’s take a look at a couple of examples: Michele is thinking about setting a goal of running aContinue reading “Big Picture Goals Framework (The 4 P’s) in Practice”

Day-to-Day Motivations Framework in Practice

If you’ve read our Day-to-Day Motivations Framework for tackling the many ideas, tasks, and projects that come up each day (as opposed to the relatively fewer big picture goals we have that come up less often but stay with us for a significant period of time), you may think it sounds good in theory butContinue reading “Day-to-Day Motivations Framework in Practice”