Present designed by Lorenzo Fernandez from the Noun Project

Present designed by Lorenzo Fernandez from the Noun Project

Sidin Vadukut hasn’t ever struggled with procrastination, thanks to a technique his father instilled in him early on. On Quartz, Vadukut shares how his unique process for getting things done can be beneficial for even the biggest procrastinators among us:

If you want to get five tasks done, my father always said, first find five additional but enjoyable tasks to do. My father’s trick was to arrange my schedule in such a way that after each task I was rewarded with something. Today I still use the same micro-rewards system. But in a modified way.

First, I write down everything I need to get done that day. A piece of paper will do well enough.

Next, I populate the list with a whole bunch of rewards. This could be anything from “sushi lunch” to “research Bluetooth speakers.”

Next, I plan my day in such a way that each serious task is alternated with a reward or a reward task. The tougher the task, the more enjoyable should be the reward that follows.

Filling your days with required tasks and rewards gives you something enjoyable to look forward to afterwards. Vadukut also explains how this approach allows you to enjoy your leisure time more, knowing it’s well-earned, and because it’s part of your schedule you don’t have to worry that you’re slacking off.

Read Vadukut’s full article here.

  • Joe

    Thank you ! I’ll try this tomorrow 🙂

    • Christine Mattson Carlson

      I’ll try it next week.

      • tannerc

        Better add it to your to-do list.

  • Alexander Troup

    Sounds like a good plan!

  • urbandesire

    I’m sure Vadukut hasn’t any problems with procrastination because he is not the guy to procastinate. Maybe i make to the first micro-reward… then my day is gone. It doesn’t seem like a useful structure for the day, if you alternate work and pleasure. The point is that many task, that produce procastination are often complex tasks, which cannot be separated in easy-to-fullfill task for each day. So the “system“ seems to me not useful for an hardcore-procaster, who facing complex and not easy-to-fullfill tasks… but maybe i’m wrong. but good luck for the people who will give it a try.

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