Time blocks to beat procrastination. Start a new habit this week. Best way to improve your thinking

Hi guys! This is Max, the author of this Productivity newsletter.

Every week I research and share some of the best insights on how to be productive and achieve more. This issue is going to be special since I plan on starting it with an offer.

🎉 A limited offer: Start a new habit this week!

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⚡Framework: Time blocking as a way to beat procrastination


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  • People used to procrastinate a lot
  • It may have different shapes: we check our social media, go have some coffee, read recent news, etc.
  • What’s common between these forms of procrastination is a lack of progress with tasks we work on
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  • What might help to avoid it is time blocking in a calendar
  • I tried doing this and it works for me

How to do it:

  • Go over your to-do list for the day and allocate time blocks for each task right in your Google Calendar
  • Visually having your schedule on the timeline helps you understand: you have a limited amount of time for each task

Here is an example of how it looks like:


  • The calendar view is visual and helps you estimate the approximate “progress” toward your goal
  • Time blocks create a sense of urgency
  • When you see the next time block coming, you are going to speed up – to avoid collapsing into the other one
  • This exercise of time blocking helps plan your day more efficiently, by making a line of tasks to work on

🧪 Experiment: Starting with a ‘simpler’ thing helps in the study


  • This experiment was designed to study the effectiveness of foreign languages study among children
  • Prof. Helmar Frank worked with 2 groups of students who participated in this experiment.
  • Their native language was German, and their goal was to study English.
  • Group A started learning Esperanto for the first 2 years. After that, they switched to English for another several years.
  • Group B was learning English for the same total amount of time
  • Results of the experiment demonstrated that students from group A got higher results on average, compared to their peers from group B
  • Moreover, they were able to speak two languages: English and Esperanto (not just English)


  • The explanation behind this experiment suggests that Esperanto is considered to be easier to learn compared to English
  • Hence, starting to learn easier subjects allows us to develop the needed skills quicker
  • Once we obtain these skills, it makes the further learning process easier as well
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  • You can apply this approach in other areas
  • For example, if you study programming, find the easier coding language to pick first
  • This will give you a better idea about the general concept and help progress further with harder concepts

⚒️ Tool: The best way to improve your thinking


  • Journaling helps us share our thoughts and self-reflect, improving the way we think
  • A daily journaling habit allows us to structure our thoughts, extract lessons and collect takeaways for the day


  • If you are struggling to establish a journaling habit (just like I did), I wanted to show you a tool that might work for you
  • I do journaling with Google Forms. It’s a free tool that’s easily customizable that supports a questionnaire form
  • If you got curious, here you can find a 5-minute setup guide

Extra tip:

  • Besides that, I use a URL shortener (bit.ly) to customize my Forms link – to have a quick way to find it.
  • For example, you can have your journal available at bit.ly / MyJournal1 – to memorize the address
  • This works for both mobile and desktop

✍️ End note

That’s all for today! Thank you!

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Have a great and productive day! ☀️