Magic pill to kill procrastination

The Monday just passed, went something like this. Woke up at 7.30AM, meditated, got dressed, walked to coffee shop, tried to start work, 5 hours later, was still sitting there doing nothing, read a book, had a nap. Day over. Nothing done.

I just had zero motivation. I had wasted a whole day despite having a massive list of work to do and I was upset at myself, just furious.

Let’s face it, there are just days, even if you’re “living your life’s purpose” where it’s just too hard to muster the motivation to tackle your giant TO DO list. So you start thinking of ways to procrastinate and avoid the things you *know* you need to get done.

So here’s a secret I’ll share with you today. The magic pill.

This is a technique that I’ve learnt before, tried a few times but never committed to it. I have a coach for various areas of my life because growth = constant learning. I’ve got a pitch coach, dating coach (yes they exist!), financial coach and a personal accelerator coach, Alexandra, whom I finally met in person when I was in San Francisco. She reminded me of this technique and at 8pm on Monday night after I was fed up with all the procrastinating, I got my brain into gear and became the most productive I have been in months. 

In short, this technique makes you complete 40 hours of work in less than 17 hours. 

And, the pincher? It is the magic pill to kill procrastination, if you commit to it.

I’ve had to juggle two roles for the last couple weeks between my two companies and if I hadn’t used this technique, I’ll probably be a nervous wreck by now. Let’s get into it.

The Pomodoro Technique

  1. Choose a task, one task only.
  2. Set timer for 25 minutes. Use this: or your phone timer.
  3. Work on that single task until timer rings. Use airplane mode if needed, get offline.
  4. Take a 5 min break. Get up, do star jumps or give yourself a high five.

REPEAT 1-4, three more times, followed by a 15 min break.

Use only 8 Pomodoro’s a day, then you can do whatever you like without feeling guilty.

That is it. Sometimes the simplest techniques in life work because once you try to get all complicated, nobody got time for that! You can learn more about Pomodoro here. 

Also I found this super useful to reorganise your To Do lists and prioritise each week and day. You can do it in a spreadsheet, in Evernote (I personally love Evernote), in a notebook or use systems such as Asana or Trello. Find something that speaks to you and use it consistently every day.

  • Future
  • Later this week
  • Today
  • Doing Now
  • Delegated
  • Done

Share with us what productivity techniques and procrastination killers you swear by. Comment below.


Sheryl Thai, CEO
League of Extraordinary Women