Thoughts About The Science of Overcoming Procrastination


Title: The Science of Overcoming Procrastination
Author: Patrick King
Genre: Self-help
Publisher: PKCS Media, Inc. (May 8, 2018)
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Print length : 238 pages
Price: $0.00 (Kindle)

    Procrastination is a common problem that affects our lives in general. Although the means to address this challenge seems difficult to find, there is still a way to get out of this problem.

    To find practical tips on how to overcome it in The Science of Overcoming Procrastination by Patrick King was surprising for me. The explanations of why we procrastinate and the ways to overcome it are straightforward.

    One of the highlights in the book that has an impact on me is how we can apply the three laws of motion by Isaac Newton on productivity. King gave a fresh way of looking at Newton's Three Laws of Motion which I learned in elementary and I always associate it with Physics.

    The first law of motion says the body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it. You will remain seated on the couch watching TV for many hours unless you force yourself to stand up and break the pattern of just doing nothing.

    The second law of motion states that the total force is directly related to the mass of an object and acceleration. The force is the amount of focus in completing a task, the mass of an object represents the difficulty or the number of tasks, and acceleration is the momentum of your productivity. Accomplishing one task depends on the amount of focus you put on that particular task only. Shifting your attention from one task to another is inimical to your productivity, tasks that are done at the same time are half-baked, making you feel frustrated and want to procrastinate.

    “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  This is the third law of motion. King applies this to the two opposite forces, productive forces  (positivity and motivation) and unproductive forces (stress and unhealthy lifestyle).  He encourages creating more productive forces to minimize the effects of unproductive forces. As for me, I see this law in a different way. The amount of work put in completing one task is the amount of stress you get from it that's why it's important to manage your energy by dividing the work into intervals using a time management technique such as Promodoro.

    There is always a way in overcoming procrastination. Sometimes it's hidden in things that we already know, we just need to see them from another perspective.