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Defeat Procrastination By Scheduling High-Density Fun Into Your Day

I have friends who almost never let themselves do the really fun things they want to do during the semester.

They’ll talk about how much they want to play a certain game or watch a new movie, but when I suggest that they just go play it, they’ll say:

“I really can’t; I have way too much homework and I’d feel guilty.”

Five minutes later, though, I’ll see them scrolling through their Facebook feed.

I call this low-density fun. Scrolling through your news feed or watching a few funny videos on YouTube is easy, and it’s sort of fun to do. However, because it’s so easy and feels so unlike “real” fun, it’s easy to not feel guilty about it – which leads to a lot of procrastination.

The solution? Commit to having your high-density fun. If you want to play a video game later, commit to starting it at 8 p.m. Then, make sure all your work is done by then.

Let your high-density fun create a deadline that propels you into focused work.

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Looking for More Study Tips?

10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades - Thomas Frank

This video builds off of a tip from the 100+ page book I wrote called 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) – you’ll find it in the 7th chapter, which is all about defeating procrastination.

Oh, and the book is completely free!

The book covers topics like:

  • Defeating procrastination
  • Getting more out of your classes
  • Taking great notes
  • Reading your textbooks more efficiently

…and several more. It also has a lot of recommendations for tools and other resources that can make your studying easier.

If you’d like a free copy of the book, let me know where I should send it:

I’ll also keep you updated about new posts and videos that come out on this blog (they’ll be just as good as this one or better) 🙂

Video Notes

How "high-density" fun can help you get things done and reduce your stress
Here’s a Pinterest-worthy image for sharing this video 🙂
  • Sometimes I really have to stretch to come up with video notes
  • That’s because there are certain videos that don’t really have notes to go with them
  • But I’m very particular about having text go below the Pinterest image to the right
  • If your high-density fun involves going out to the bars, here’s how you can save a ton of money

To end, here’s a simple question for you – what high-density fun are you going to schedule into your day now? I think I’ll be playing some Civilization V tonight.

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