“Procrastination is a thief of time.” ― Charles Dickens
Procrastination has been a lifelong battle for me.
In fact, I’m not alone in my battle. Research report that 80%-95% of us battle with procrastination sooner or later in our lives.
At its coronary heart, procrastination is the act of unnecessarily suspending selections or actions.
Fuschia Sirois sums up the issue finest, “On its floor, procrastination is an irrational habits. Why would any person put one thing off to the final minute, after which they’re wired of their thoughts, they usually find yourself doing a poor job or lower than optimum job on it? After which they really feel unhealthy about it afterward, and it could even have implications for different folks.”
And but apparently, nearly all of us battle with it once in a while.
There are completely different causes that we procrastinate, so a correct dialog would come with completely different instruments and concepts to assist us overcome it.
In actual fact, right here’s a brief record of obtainable concepts on-line:
These are all good concepts—useful for somebody for certain. And if procrastination is sabotaging your life to a noticeable diploma, I’d encourage to learn these articles above extra in-depth. Lots of them focus on procrastination on a deeper psychological degree than I can.
However for me, I’ve discovered one easy device to be simpler than another in beating procrastination. Particularly once I know it’s protecting me from engaged on a process:
I name it “The two-Minute Rule.”
Merely put, once I discover myself procrastinating an enormous process, I inform myself, “I’m simply going to work on this venture for 2 minutes.”
Then I get up, stroll over to the place the place the venture is ready, and commit to 2 minutes of labor.
I don’t set a timer on my cellphone or microwave to mark out the 2 minutes, however I do mentally commit myself to only two minutes of labor. That’s all: simply two minutes.
Lots of the concepts on-line to beat procrastination encourage “segmenting a process into smaller steps” and that is definitely a type of that concept. However the focus right here will not be on finishing a process—nevertheless small it may be. The main focus is on a selected time dedication of “two minutes,” which is mentally manageable regardless of how a lot I dread the duty.
For me, getting began is the best battle. And as soon as I start the duty, I nearly at all times find yourself spending extra time than the 2 minutes—often finishing your complete process or a good portion of it
In actual fact, I can’t consider a single instance the place I finished after solely two minutes. The psychological train offered simply the spark I wanted to get began.
I’ve used this easy rule repeatedly at each work and residential:
- Writing an article
- Answering emails
- Enhancing a guide
- Cleansing the kitchen
- Doing yard work
- Even making a cellphone name I used to be dreading
Little question there are numerous concepts to assist overcome procrastination. If it’s a power impediment for you, I encourage you to learn extra about why it’s taking place.
However for starters, take a look at out the 2-minute rule. It really works for me each time.
On the very least, give it a strive for two minutes.