The vast majority of techniques for "getting motivated" don't seem to work—or not for very long. Use these four tips for harnessing the power of negative thinking instead. Read More
For once, I'm happy I procrastinated (by reading this article).I'm an artist, currently in residence at a prestigious institution - and I've been procrastinating since I got here two weeks ago. The feeling of having to make masterpieces while I'm here is crippling me. But your advice has made me see the light. Today I will have a deliberately mediocre working day. Thank you so much Oliver! :)
I love it! I'm going to go out tomorrow and be mediocre. That'll squash my performance anxiety.
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Oliver Burkeman is a writer for The Guardian and the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.
It can take a radical reboot to get past old hurts and injustices.