5 Minute Rule to Beating Procrastination
Procrastination is something nobody is able to avoid. Yet with this simple trick, that will save you hours of lost time as a result of procrastination.
Hey readers 👋
You know that feeling where you have a lot of things you need to do but haven’t gotten round to starting?
You’ve set out a meticulous plan as to how you are going to be able to complete your tasks. The groundwork and preparation have already been done. All you need to do now is get started and begin crossing these tasks off your to-do lists.
Yet, you seem unable to do the work. Despite the detailed plan, you fail to get started.
This is an unfortunate situation which those of us who are serial procrastinations are fully aware of.
Whenever I find myself in such a situation, I remember my own advice that I’ve previously written about. You just need to get started.
Unfortunately, we’re never going to be in the mood to do everything we need to do. Life isn’t so kind to us. Only children do what they’re in the mood for.
Adults need to do important things that we sometimes aren’t in the mood for. And the best way to do this is to just get started. As a first step, just commit to 5 minutes of the activity.
Once we’ve started (which is always the hardest part of anything), we will often continue working on that task or activity for a lot longer than we’ve committed ourselves to. We’ll eventually get into the mood.
This was something I very recently did. I planned to read a book, but I kept procrastinating and didn’t get started. I decided to pick the book up and commit to only reading for five minutes.
Within those five minutes, I had gotten into the book. I was now in the mood to continue reading for a lot longer than the five minutes that I initially gave myself.
Whenever you find yourself procrastinating something, remember that you’re never always going to be in the mood.
You just need to get started.
Have an awesome week ahead 🤩
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