Your New Productivity Hack: Procrastination

How the Strongweek Method turns procrastination into prioritization.

I have a theory about procrastination. I blame cavemen. You can learn more about that theory here. Long story short: if you struggle with a short attention span, procrastination, overwhelm, or distraction, this one is for you.

I’ll admit I wasn’t always a productive person. I couldn’t keep up with all the phone calls and paperwork and gym memberships that come with proper adulting. But that’s why I’m so pumped about the Strongweek Method. It made me a productivity machine.

I’m so excited about this one I’m not even putting it through Grammarly. (So pardon the typos.)

So here’s the thing. Getting stuff done usually works like this:

Step 1: A task comes up. You write down somewhere — probably your phone.

Step 2: Another task comes up — then another one — then another one.

Step 3: Your phone goes “bzzzt bzzzt” constantly. You ignore it because your to-do list is stressing you out. There’s so much stuff in that planner app and 90% of it… you don’t want to do.

I bet there’s at least one thing in your to-do list you’ve been suuuuuper putting off.

The more you ignore it the worse it gets.

Here’s the thing: you’re descended from cavemen. Your brain isn’t designed for due-dates, deadlines, and notifications. iPhones didn’t even exist 20 years ago. How are you supposed to get all this stuff done when all you want to do is take a nap?

And while we’re at it: why is it so much easier to get stuff done when that stuff is shopping? Sometimes I can’t take 5 minutes to make a phone call, but then I’ll spend 3 hours trying to find the perfect air purifier on Amazon. (Shout out to the Brid, by the way.)

So here’s what you want to do:

Stop putting due dates on your phone.

Seriously. Stop marking everything due today or trying to guess when you’ll get it done. That’s why your list is so full of overdue tasks all the time! I want you to try something else instead.

Go through every task you’ve got, and put it in one of these buckets. (FYI, this is where procrastination starts working in your favor.)

Bucket 1: Next Year

Anything that you don’t need to do till like, at least next year, put it in there.

Whew! Got a few tasks you can push out a year? Nice. (If not, no worries. Keep going.)

Bucket 2: This Year

Anything you have to get done sometime this year, but not right away, toss it in here.

Bucket numero tres:

Next 6 Months. What can wait a few months? Toss it in here.

4: Next Month

5: This month

6, 7, 8, 9: Next Week, This Week, Tomorrow, Today

How many tasks needed to get done “today?” Not a lot, right? So relax. Do them if you need to. Otherwise, most of your tasks probably ended up sometime today, tomorrow, this week, or next week. A whole bunch are this month and next month. It’s ok to procrastinate on next month’s tasks. All you need to focus on is what you said was important now. It’s this moment that matters. The rest can wait.

When you use the Strongweek Method, procrastination turns into prioritization. You take away the stress and overwhelm that causes you to procrastinate to begin with. All that’s left is you, and the few tasks that matter most right now.

I interview startup gurus and recently founded my own business, Wrenworks — helping startups launch MVPs.