How to Use A Bait to Beat Procrastination – Part 1

I write every day. I don’t feel like writing every day, but I do it anyway. I’ve been writing every day for a few years now (I’m not sure how many; it happened progressively).

I’ve observed something about my behavior on days when I don’t particularly feel like writing. On those days, I found it hard to get myself to sit at the computer. I’d find all sorts of things to do, even if only walking around the house picking up kids’ toys and other stuff. I’d do anything but sit at the computer.

The interesting thing is that once I’m sitting at the computer, I begin to write with no difficulty.

Over the years, I discovered a method that has worked wonders for me and prevents me from procrastinating: I bait myself to get to the computer. It’s a trick that works for me.

For example, one of my favorite baits is I tell myself, “Let me go to peruse the Amazon online store to see if there are interesting books.” Once at the computer, I take a few minutes to look at books on Amazon, and then I start writing. The bait (Amazon) gets me to my computer, and once I’m sitting at the computer, it’s not a big step for me to begin writing.

For that strategy to work for me, I needed to know which activity would get me to the computer (the bait).

This strategy can work for you as well. However, you must know what baits will work for you: what activities will create the conditions you need to get you to your important tasks.

For example, if you struggle to get yourself to the gym, but you know that once you’re at the gym, you do your workout fine. Then, you must find a way to get yourself to the gym. Say John, one of the staff members at the gym, shares your passion for a TV show. Your bait might be telling yourself, “Let me go ask what John his thoughts on the last episode of the TV show.” This might be enough to get you to the gym and do your workout.

The key is to find a bait that works for you.

A caveat you have to be careful in selecting your bait; you don’t want to get lost in your that activity and never get to your real work. For instance, it would defy the purpose if I spent 3 hours looking at books on Amazon and never get to my writing. That wouldn’t be a bait; it would be a trap. A good bait gets you going but doesn’t lock you in.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.