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Cached Procrastination

You are absolutely right that what it takes is just making a habit. The beginning is the hardest part. I actually created a small piece of software for myself to do just that: start working on something. It's called iFocus http://www.ifocusonwork.com/ and I posted it online for everyone to use. You can make it force you to work on a specific application for a fixed period of time. You can also use it to track how you spend your computer time, and set goals for how much you can use certain things (email, chat, games etc.). Basically a tool for people who want to get something done or for those who are mindful of how they spend their computer time.

3mattnewport12y
Might I suggest you edit your previous post [http://lesswrong.com/lw/fu/share_your_antiakrasia_tricks/1vzo] to make it clear that you are talking about your own site and that you limit further posts promoting it. One post is fine given the software is relevant to topics discussed here, two is raising spammer warning flags.
Share Your Anti-Akrasia Tricks

it's structured procrastination but it's still procrastination my friend. I think the most dangerous thing about procrastination is that you create new tasks for yourself that seem useful, when in fact they are completely unessential.

1XFrequentist12y
The point (as I took it) is that there are lots of valuable but non-urgent things one could do at any given time, and doing these as a way of avoiding something can make you quite accomplished. Doing "completely unessential" tasks wouldn't be Structured Procrastination, it would just be procrastination. Clearly, this method would be inappropriate if you had one major task of such importance that doing anything else was a complete waste of time.
Share Your Anti-Akrasia Tricks

I've been using something called iFocus http://www.ifocusonwork.com/ You can use it to track how you spend your computer time, and set goals for how much you can use certain things (email, chat, games etc.). You can also make it force you to work on a specific application for a fixed period of time. Basically a tool for procrastinators or people who are mindful of how they spend their computer time.