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Why Most People Never Stop Procrastinating

Shalev
Shalev
Hey everyone, this week I wanted to discuss one reason I think most people spend their whole lives procrastinating, and I don’t think it’s what you think it is.
It’s a fundamental mistake that I frequently see people make. It affects almost every area of our lives, but the most obvious seems to be procrastination. That mistake is not learning from our mistakes.
What I mean is, people will make the same mistakes over and over again, sometimes for years. The process through which they improve more-so happens by accident and takes a very long time. People just think that they’ll get better at things over time. That might be true to a certain extent but we can speed up that process.
To illustrate this let’s use a simple example. One problem that I have is, when I wake up in the morning my first urge is to go to my sofa and scroll through Tik Tok (cringey I know). I quickly realized that when that happens I don’t have much time to get ready so I rush. That starts off my morning on a bad note and I usually don’t study as well.
Once I noticed that habit, I set up an alarm that forces me to scan a barcode in the bathroom to turn it off. Once I’m there, I just get ready and start my day (I make this easier by allowing myself to listen to a podcast or a YouTube video).
Now imagine if I didn’t learn from my mistake. Imagine I kept doing that over and over, how much harder would it be to stop? How much stronger would the urge be? Not only that but how many days of studying would I waste by starting off on the wrong foot. That’s why it’s so important to develop the skill of noticing our mistakes, learning from them, and implementing changes to our environment and systems to avoid them.
The top 0.01% of people in any field or skill are likely not those who spent the most time doing it. That’s because time is just one factor. Your process of how you practice and how you improve is much more important.
Another reason this is so important is something similar to compound interest. Once one issue is out of the way we can focus on the next one, then the next one, and so on. Over time we’ll resolve more and more mistakes and we’ll be miles ahead of where we would have been if we just let ourselves get complacent.
The most consistent way I’ve found to do this is through reflexive reflection (which I think is something I coined). This newsletter would be too long if I were to go into it here so I’ll talk about it in a future newsletter.
Let me know if you resonate with this idea. If you’re having trouble with procrastination and studying, check out my 1-on-1 coaching, which could help you identify common pitfalls and speed the rate at which you improve at studying https://forms.gle/DgGZr2r29vf3vPL29.
See you next week.
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Shalev
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