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Procrastination often gets in the way of your ability to get things done. Use this tip to get over procrastination so you can accomplish your goals.
Get Things Done
Procrastination, it’s a struggle. It gets in they way of your ability to get things done.
How many times have you put something aside because you just weren’t feeling it? You tell yourself you’ll get to it later when you have motivation.
In The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins points out that we will never feel like it.
When you wait for the magical feeling that you are ready to exercise, ready to clean, ready to eat healthy, ready to write your next blog post…whatever it is…you will NEVER do it. How will you get things done if you wait?
When we were kids, most of us had a parent or some other adult telling us what to do. You couldn’t get away with not doing your homework or chores because you didn’t feel motivated. You couldn’t just take your socks off and leave them in the middle of the floor. Someone was there with expectations telling you to get your act together.
Your parents may have ensured that you didn’t eat too much sugar or decide to have a bag of potato chips for dinner. They may have encouraged you to get your homework done and take the steps to apply for and go to college.
And Then You Grow Up
You grow up and it is all on you. You have to delay gratification and save money, eat healthy, clean your home, and take the steps necessary to reach your goals. No one is going to do all that for you. At least not without feeling a bit resentful.
It is always going to be easier to take the path of the least resistance and stay stagnant. Reaching for your goals is often going to feel scary. Things like starting exercise or cleaning your house are going to feel aversive. Who wants to do those things? Who wants to get all sweaty and uncomfortable and short of breath?
If you want to stay healthy, you have to do these things.
The 5 Second Rule
Mel Robbins came up with this brilliant concept of the 5 second rule, which seems so basic when it is laid out in front of you. Essentially, when you have a thought that you should do something, you count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and get up and do it! You get things done!
At first I thought this was silly, but it makes a lot of sense. If you have a thought that you should do something, it probably means you are not doing it and maybe you wouldn’t really want to do it if you let yourself think about it any longer. You would probably come up with excuses for why now was not the right time.
If you have a thought that you should do something, it probably means you are not doing itClick To TweetYet, if you distract those thoughts and feelings by counting down from 5, you don’t have time to talk yourself out of it. You don’t have time to listen to your emotions when they try to take over your body.
When you count down, you are redirecting your brain toward action. What comes after 1? Blastoff! You get up and you do the thing.
How I’ve Used It
I get up at 5:00 AM most mornings to go to work. I figure if I get there by 7:30 or 8 I will not get home too late. Yet, one of the first things I was doing in the morning was checking social media, checking email, checking my blog stats, and really wasting time checking things out on my phone before getting ready. I started getting to work at 8:30, even though I was waking up early.
When I read The Five Second Rule I decided to make a change and start getting up at 4:30 and leave by 5:30 so I can get to work by 7:00 AM. This was not an easy change even though it was only a half hour. When my alarm goes off, my first thought is some kind of excuse about why I shouldn’t have to get up early today.
Yet, I do the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and get up. I get to work earlier which allows me to get home earlier. It makes a huge difference in my productivity.
I still struggle with wasting time in the morning but I know what I need to do.
Another way I’ve used the 5 second rule is cleaning my carpet. I thought about doing that for a while now. Yesterday I got out of bed and immediately started the process of cleaning the carpet. I did not let myself talk myself out of it.
Have you ever had writer’s block or felt yourself procrastinating on your next blogging task? Maybe you feel overwhelmed with all the different things you need to accomplish and you just don’t feel like it.
I recommend reading the book The Five Second Rule to really understand the concepts behind this and to become a believer. Keeping the rule at your disposal helps you to stay consistent and do what needs to be done.
Of course, if you just wait for the inspiration to strike, it may not, so it continues to be important to have some kind of schedule in place. Block out time when you will work on your blog no matter what. Treat this like you would treat any other important task.
Since you are working for yourself, your brain will try to trick you into putting it off, procrastinating. You can give yourself all kinds of excuses, and of course you might let yourself get away with it.
But then what do you feel like later? I don’t know about you, but I feel like crap. I feel like I let myself down and accomplished nothing. I end up feeling more and more overwhelmed with all I have to do since I didn’t do what I planned to do.
So instead, treat the blocked out times as if they are golden. Take things even further and create a content plan will help you so you don’t feel stuck in “I don’t know what to write” where you then just sit there and do nothing.
I created a content planning cheat sheet to help you come up with topics for your blog post and schedule ahead so you know what to write each time you sit down to write. This will help you get things done and publish more posts. Sign up for your copy by clicking here.
For more tips on reaching your goals, especially the big overwhelming ones, check out my post Finally Kick the Habit of Giving Up On Your Dreams.
If you continue to struggle with getting things done and find yourself spinning your wheels with a bunch of busywork and no real movement, I would love to work with you. Schedule a discovery call with me here to help you get clarity on what steps to take next.