Recently I have been doing intermittent fasting. This is where you only can eat during an 8 hour period of the day and then you fast for the other 16 hours. There are a lot of health benefits to it, but my motivation to try it was to shock my system into extra weight loss, since I have seem to hit a plateau in exercising.
As someone who is a lifelong chronic procrastinator and a foodie, I have a unhealthy relationship with food, I eat when I am bored or avoiding doing something. So intermittent fasting has thrown a monkey wrench into one of my main procrastination habits. I can’t have food unless it’s between 11:30am and 7:30pm which are the hours I have set to eat. That means the other 16 hours (when I am not sleeping) I don’t have my food crutch.
What’s interesting is that after about 5 days of intermittent fasting I noticed my general productivity had increased. I needed to find things to do, so I wouldn’t sit around and think about food. In lieu of snacking and eating I stacked more tasks on my to-do list and looked for busy work. Soon enough (7 to 10 Days in) my food cravings were gone, which made being productive even easier. My desire to snack or even think about snaking was gone, it was like getting released from a mental prison.
I found the ability to control my diet to be motivating in other aspects of my life. Controlling your eating habits is hard, but if you can meet that challenge than other challenges feel much easier to tackle.
Has anyone tried intermittent fasting and noticed any effects on their procrastination? You can read more about it here and might be worth looking into if you use food as a crutch to avoid doing work.