The More You Do – The Better You Feel

How To Learn to Overcome Procrastination and Live a Happier Life


“beginning and end” of project thinking, 194

behaviors, transformation of negative, 25

beliefs of procrastinators, 3

bored feelings, 8–10

capability characteristic, 221

changing procrastination. See advanced techniques for overcoming procrastination; techniques for overcoming procrastination

characteristics of human ostrich

about, 74–75

all-or-nothing thinking, 68–69

alternating between tasks with difficulty, 60

anxiety choosing between high priority tasks, 3, 57–58

daydreamer, 62

dislike of complex tasks, 59

envy of “do”-ers, 65

excuses for not “do”-ing, 58–59

fear of non-stop work expectations, 63–64

frustration, 71–72

goals as vague or unreasonable, 69

impatience, 60–61, 71–72

lack of satisfaction upon completion of task, 72

negative thinking about tasks and actions, 67–68, 219

outer procrastination feeds inner procrastinator, 74

perfectionist, 61–62

planning and completion of tasks difficulties, 70

poor self-communication, 65–66

returning to uncompleted tasks frustration, 71

“Should I be doing something else?” thinking, 62–63

time and outcomes distortions, 66–67

tremendous activity vs. small amounts of work, 64–65

unresolved and worsening procrastination, 72–74

waiting for the right time, 56–57

worrying over tasks, 55–56

See also human ostrich

characteristics of recovering procrastinator

capability, 221

confident and secure feelings, 86–87, 220

contentment from “do”-ing, 221

feeling like dealing with tasks, 220

less frustration, 220

roadmap for dealing with tasks and, 172, 220

satisfaction upon completion of task, 220

college student procrastinators, 211–13

See also habitual procrastination; human ostrich; student procrastinators

comfortable being uncomfortable, 93–94

compartmentalization strategies for larger projects, 186–90

completion of tasks

difficulties in, 70

inadvertent errors using The J.O.T. Method™ and, 148–50

returning to uncompleted tasks frustration and, 71

satisfaction/lack of satisfaction upon, 72, 220

compromising, as good decision-making, 195

confident and secure feelings, 86–87, 220

conflicts in life

all-or-nothing thinking and, 12

bored feelings and, 8–10

depression/procrastination connection and, 23–25

external forces and, 14–15, 210–11

free time management and, 12, 22–23

habitual procrastination and, 12

home-life procrastination and, 11–15

housecleaning and, 14–15

judgments and, 19–21

kitchen chores and, 13–14

laziness compared with procrastination and, 15–17

negative behaviors or thinking transformation and, 25

OCD/procrastination similarities and, 24–25

prioritizing tasks and, 19–21

quantitative measurements for procrastination and, 17–19

single task focus and, 19–21

stuck feelings and, 8–10

taking control over life and, 7–8

wants over needs and, 21–22

willingness to change development, and dealing with, 26

workplace procrastination and, 10–11