top of page

FIVE Unconventional Tips to Tame Your Brain


Stop Procrastinating and Overthinking: Unconventional Tips to Tame Your Brain


We’ve all been there: staring at a blank screen, scrolling through social media, reorganising our sock drawer for the tenth time, all while a looming deadline sits in the background, quietly mocking us. Procrastination and overthinking are like that annoying tag-team duo in a wrestling match, always ready to knock you out of productivity and pin you down with stress. But fear not! It’s time to break free from this never-ending cycle of avoidance and analysis paralysis. Here are some quirky, effective strategies to reclaim your time and sanity, sprinkled with five fascinating facts about why our brains love to sabotage us.


NUMBER 1: The Dopamine Rollercoaster


**Fascinating Fact** Did you know that procrastination can be traced back to our love for dopamine? Yes, that feel-good neurotransmitter! Our brains get a little dopamine hit when we choose short-term rewards (like binge-watching cat videos) over long-term goals (like finishing that report).


**Unusual Method** Trick your brain into associating dopamine with productivity. Set a timer for 25 minutes (hello, Pomodoro Technique!) and commit to working non-stop during that period. Once the timer dings, reward yourself with something small and enjoyable – maybe a few minutes of that cat video binge. Over time, your brain will start craving the work-reward cycle.


NUMBER 2: Analysis Paralysis by Decision Overload


**Fascinating Fact** Our brains can only handle so many decisions before they start to fry out. It’s called decision fatigue. The more choices we have, the harder it becomes to make any decision, leading to overthinking and ultimately, inaction.


**Unusual Method** Limit your options to liberate your mind. Steve Jobs famously wore the same outfit every day to cut down on trivial decisions. You don’t have to go that far, but try simplifying daily choices. For instance, create a weekly meal plan to avoid the daily "What’s for dinner?" conundrum. Less decision-making = more brain power for important tasks.


NUMBER 3: The Fear of Imperfection


**Fascinating Fact** Perfectionism is a major driver of procrastination. We delay tasks because we fear they won’t be done perfectly. This all-or-nothing mindset often paralyses us before we even start.


**Unusual Method** Embrace the "Two-Minute Rule." If a task takes less than two minutes, do it immediately. For larger tasks, break them into tiny, imperfect steps that can be done in – you guessed it – two minutes. This approach lowers the entry barrier and helps you build momentum.


NUMBER 4: The Brain’s Default Mode Network (DMN)


**Fascinating Fact** When our minds wander, we activate a part of the brain known as the Default Mode Network (DMN). While the DMN is great for creativity and daydreaming, it’s also responsible for overthinking and rumination.


**Unusual Method** Activate your Task Positive Network (TPN) by engaging in activities that require focus and attention. Try something novel, like juggling or learning to play a musical instrument. These activities shift your brain’s focus from the DMN to the TPN, reducing overthinking and improving concentration.


NUMBER 5: The Myth of Multitasking


**Fascinating Fact** Despite what your resume might claim, humans are terrible at multitasking. Our brains are wired to focus on one thing at a time. Attempting to juggle multiple tasks only leads to decreased efficiency and increased procrastination.


**Unusual Method** Practice "single-tasking." Pick one task and give it your full attention until it’s done. To help with this, use the "distraction jar" method. Write down any intrusive thoughts or tasks that pop into your head on a piece of paper and toss it in a jar. You can address them later without interrupting your flow. I lOVE THIS ONE !


Bonus Tip: The Power of Peer Pressure


**Fascinating Fact** Accountability is a powerful motivator. Knowing that someone else is watching can light a fire under you like nothing else.


**Unusual Method** Make a pact with a friend or join an accountability group. Share your goals and check in regularly. The fear of public shaming (or gentle ribbing) from your peers can be just the push you need to stay on track.


---


So, there you have it – some quirky yet effective strategies to outsmart procrastination and overthinking. Remember, the goal isn’t to become a productivity machine but to find a balance that allows you to enjoy life while still getting stuff done. And if all else fails, just blame the cat videos. They’re irresistible!



James Gunning CMH C.Hyp


Inner Peace Talk Therapy - "Be your own magic"



P.S. Why not check out my range of ONLINE courses at www.innerpeacetalktherapy.com/courses or hypnosis downloads at www.innerpeacetalktherapy.com/shop



19 views0 comments

Comments


bottom of page