Slaying the “PROCRASTINATION” dragon ” By Jackie

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Hi Jackie! Real helpful post, from one procrastinator to another! I’ll will try your method to get some stuff I have been procrastinating for months now will get done. Thanks!

  2. Good post Jackie. I’m normally not a procrastinator but right now I’m finding I am. I have just come through a bad bout of the flu and I am still without energy to do a thing. You have reminded me of a way to at least get something done.

  3. This is so interesting – I’m going to give it a try with some paper-filing too!

  4. What an interesting post Jackie, thank you! I shall try the technique to avoid the pain association next time I have to clean the bathrooms, which is a job I really don’t enjoy. I also like using a timer and find I get more done that way. I think I need a timeframe to do things otherwise I can quite easily string a job out for hours and end up feeling very irritated with myself.

  5. Excellent post!

  6. I have always found that breaking a project down into manageable parts is always the way to go.
    The added bonus is that very often, you will continue on and do more than you promised yourself you would on any given day, because the results are self-motivating.
    The best to you on your paper decluttering, Jackie. One, or in your case, five files at a time 🙂 You will be done before you know it.

  7. So interesting to hear there is actual science behind this approach – which happens to be the approach that has worked best for me, a fellow procrastinator. Somehow, breaking down a job into “next steps” turns it from a chore into something I can actually get excited about. Great post!

  8. Love this post! I never knew that procrastination and pain registered in the same part of the brain. Now I get it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Thank you all so much for the sweet comments, and thank you Colleen for the opportunity to post. Learning about how we process “dreaded” projects has done so much to help me avoid procrastination! I’m glad passing this on has helped someone else! Now, on to slay a few more dragons — er, um files! 🙂

  10. This was a very interesting idea about dreading something being interpreted by our brains as avoiding pain. It seems to me there must be a lot of truth to that. Most routine things get done on time, but some things really hit a snag and get put off. So today I got up determined to do one business task I had been putting off (a revision) and waded in to it and think it will be right now. Also it didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would. Which I guess is usually the case, the dread seems to help a task grow in our imagination.

  11. Thank you so much for this post. I’ve always been a procrastinator and I struggle a lot with how much stress that creates for me! I love how you describe the steps to jump into projects by breaking them down and how you divide your time. These are awesome strategies that I hope to try out!