the action of delaying or postponing something
Are you a chronic procrastinator? Do you have a list of jobs banging around in the back of your mind that you know you should do but manage to put off and find endless excuses as to why you can’t start them just yet?
Believe me, you are not the only one!
Sometimes working from home and being your own boss can mean you have a houseful of little distractions that can so easily take you away from the more important tasks at hand.
I’m always on the lookout for practical and handy tips and resources I can use to be more productive and make better use of my valuable time.
This week I came across an awesome tip from the always resourceful and motivating Mr James Clear.
How To Stop Procrastinating Using The “2 Minute Rule”
It’s as easy as creating this simple rule for yourself:
Anything that will take you 2 minutes or less to do you must do straight away
I LOVE THIS IDEA!!
Really who can’t commit to doing something that is going to take less than 2 minutes?
The real beauty is how this rule ties in with Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion which can be summarized as:
An object at rest will tend to stay at rest and an object in motion will tend to stay in motion
What this means at its core is that if you have a job to do, getting started is usually the biggest hurdle. Once you get going you will tend to keep going!
Let me give you some easy examples:
- Let’s start with the dishes. No one really loves washing dishes and it’s easy to put them off. Filling up the sink though with hot water and detergent takes less than 2 minutes. Once that’s done it’s seems like less of a drama to go ahead and wash what’s there and besides, you’re up now and in motion.
- Want to start running on a regular basis? Choose the time and days that suit your schedule and when that time comes, go and put your running gear on and get out the door. It will take less than 2 minutes and once you’ve gone that far you might as well keep going.
- Need to send an email, make an appointment or phone call? Less than 2 minute – just do it!
- Have a blog article that you really need to write? Grab a pen and paper and start by writing the headline and first sentence. Write whatever it is that springs to mind regardless of whether it’s the perfect thing or not. It will take less than 2 minutes and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the flow of thoughts this simple act inspires so don’t stop there, keep on writing.
I have found this simple mind tool to be of great help to me already. It moved me away from my desk at lunchtime to go for a quick walk, I fixed up a couple of details on my website that I’ve been meaning to do and I made an appointment that I had been putting off for a few days.
You can check out James’ full article using this link which will open in a new page on your browser:
I hope you find this simple tip as helpful as I did.
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