You are seconds from changing your life!
Have you ever been in bed and the alarm clock goes off and you think to yourself damn I was going to go to the gym but what does it hurt if I just snooze for 10 minutes? What about when you come home and know you need to put away the laundry or clean up the office but you watch an episode of Game of Thrones instead? What about when you need to check some emails or make appointments but you just don’t feel like it? Well, I am telling you right now, that kind of behavior will not change your life. What you need to realize is that you have all of 5 seconds to make a decision to just do it. If you procrastinate it will just go on your endless to-do list. Right. Not so fun is it?
There are some solutions to this problem that can help you to stop procrastinating and start taking action.
Here is the thing if you are in bed for instance and you hear your alarm and think to yourself, OMG are you serious, its like 6 am I really going to get up to go to the gym or finish a project just count from 5 to one and then spring to action. Train your brain to understand the concept of the countdown. If you can do this your body will almost automatically start taking action. 25-minute rule
The five-minute rule
I love this one! I use it all the time. When you see something that needs to be done but you think to yourself, man I don´t feel like this right now just tell yourself that you will give it 5 minutes. Here is the key. Be in the moment when you do it and before you know it you are not only consciously ready to do it but you will stop thinking about how much you don´t want to do it. My bet is that you will want to finish the task and will forget about everything else.
Take action right away
Here is something I do. I HATE leaving things for later because if I do they just end up on my to-do list which can become overwhelming. If you do it the second it comes up it’s done and you can take a deep breath. It’s OVER:
Put it on your calendar
How annoying is it to get a reminder on your calendar and pushing snooze endlessly. Try putting all your to does in a perpetual state or a recurring state and focus on using this as a driving force to using rule number three.
If you like stickies this is for you. Put all your stickies of your to does in a very prominent place in your house where everyone can see them. You can only throw them out when you have completed them. Let me tell you, this is a great motivator especially when you have company coming.
Who doesn’t like a reward? If you make a rule that if you do something you really don´t want to do that you can then do what you really want to do and stick to it you will get more done guaranteed. For example, if you workout you can take half an hour to go on Facebook or check the news before work with a cup of Joe. try it and see.
When you have to do something rather than thinking about the consequence thnk about the Reward. I know not what you were thinking right? But it really is the same thing. If I get up early I will feel good about myself, if I eat a healthy meal I will feel better all day, if I spend time with my kids it will pay off. Just think about the reward and you won’t need to deal with the consequence.
Calendar the shit out of it
No joke. Stick it in your calendar so it is visible every time you check your smartphone and tell yourself if you see it and get it done you can do whatever it was that you wanted to do on your notification list ( which probably didn´t matter anyway.
The moral of the story here is you are your own boss, it is about you and no one else. You are the only one that can make yourself happy so why not do it. you have one life, limited time and a whole world of opportunities to take advantage of.
By the way, shout out to @grammarly
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Drifa Ulfarsdottir ACC CPC
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