8 Stoic tactics to beat procrastination

Procrastinating “is the biggest waste of life,” the Stoic philosopher Seneca wrote. “It snatches away each day…and denies us the present by promising the future.”

Want to stop wasting your life?

Here are 8 Stoic tactics to beat procrastination:

  1. Take it action by action.
  2. Create a routine.
  3. Cut out the inessential.
  4. Create a sense of urgency.
  5. Find the right company.
  6. Get one small win.
  7. Forget about outcomes.
  8. Demand the best of yourself.

The Stoics come down hard on procrastinating. “Putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself,” Epictetus said, “you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.” Stop deferring.


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