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Beat Procrastination With Emotional Intelligence

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on April 01, 2019 1:46 PM

Need help beating procrastination? Hang on, we'll get back to that in a minute.

For now, let's talk about emotional intelligence. You know, it's that other IQ that starts with EQ? The point is, it's about time to use your feelings instead of your brain to get over procrastination.

Here's how:

Emotional Intelligence

Christopher Rim, an education consultant who writes for Forbes, says you can defeat procrastination with emotional intelligence. He said he did it successfully at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

It's a psychological approach to the procrastination problem. Rim used the RULER method, which requires recognizing a feeling, understanding it, labeling it correctly, and expressing it appropriately.

But emotional intelligence is not just about acronyms. According to the New York Times, "at its core, procrastination is about emotions, not productivity."

In other words, procrastination starts with a feeling. And if you don't deal with it, the problem gets worse.

Procrastination Solved

Rim says the most important part of the process is changing your feeling about those tasks that need to get done. He says we procrastinate because it feels better than confronting the task. "But what if you trained your brain to enjoy confronting that task more than procrastinating on it?" he poses. He did it by making a list of tasks, then crossing them off as he got through them. He even wrote down lists after-the-fact just for the rush of checking them off.

So if you have read this blog about how to beat procrastination, you can check it off your own list.

Now doesn't that feel better?

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