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Aug 13, 2019

In Part Two of another special edition of The Writer Files called "The Writer's Brain," a guest series with neuroscientist Michael Grybko, we dig further into the dreaded procrastination – a malady we all battle – what it is, how science looks at it, the difference between constructive and destructive procrastination, and some tips on how to overcome it.

"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow." – Mark Twain

We're all guilty of it, let's be honest, it's really normal to procrastinate.

Who among us hasn't waited until the last minute to do something tedious or uncomfortable like contest a speeding ticket, study for a test?

Today, you're far more likely to grab your smartphone and search longingly for those little red notification flags from a social media app, or to pop open a rainbow colored game for that quick hit of dopamine your brain loves so much.

I'm guilty of dusting and straightening every shelf and book in my office until they look conspicuously like modern art before I'll sit down to write an important email or a blog post.

The truth is that procrastination is built into the human condition -- clearly we can't do everything on our to-do lists at the same time -- but why has it become so frowned upon in our culture of late?

And how can we reframe procrastination since we know it's so integral to the creative process?

Luckily, research scientist Michael Grybko returned to the podcast to help me find some answers from the perspective of neuroscience.

Stay tuned ...

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In Part Two of this file Michael Grybko and I discuss:

  • Why your inner-critic, stress, and anxiety hijack your productivity so easily
  • Practical tips for breaking out of the wicked feedback loop of procrastination
  • How social media, FOMO, and notifications mess with your self esteem and ability to focus
  • Why we need to take breaks, practice mindfulness, and be nicer to ourselves
  • How to trick yourself into being more productive
  • And how to short circuit your amygdala, change your habits, and bootstrap incremental progress toward your goals

The Show Notes: