Setting Up an Unprocrastination Environment

Post written by Leo Babauta.

One of the keys to unprocrastination is not relying on your willpower — it’s too likely to fail when you’re tired, stressed, busy, worried, sad.

A better approach is setting up an environment that doesn’t lend itself to procrastination.

Let’s take a look at an example:

Leo is addicted to Facebook, and will check it every few minutes instead of working. He also likes to watch Youtube videos and check his email to put off the harder tasks. So he sets up an Internet blocker for those sites except for 10 minutes every hour. He will also go for a couple hours to a nearby spot that doesn’t have wireless Internet, and be able to focus on his Most Important Task during that time.

Now, Leo could get around these things — turn off the Internet blocker, or leave the place without wireless — but by setting up these barriers, he’s making it less likely that he’ll give in, because it becomes harder to go to these distractions. One of the things about distractions is that they are easier than the thing we’re avoiding — but if we make them difficult to do, then the thing we’re avoiding become easier.

So the whole idea is to set up your environment so that it’s easier to focus than to do the distractions.

Ways to Set Up Your Unprocrastination Environment

This list isn’t complete, nor is it a step-by-step guide. It’s a list of ideas you can use to craft your personal unprocrastination environment.

Anyway, you get the idea. Each step is designed to make distractions more difficult, and focusing easier. Get started today!