How to deal with procrastination:

When we feel the urge to put something off, moving it to our future to-do list so to speak, there are some things we can do to alleviate that need to procrastinate.

One thing we can do is abide by the 2 minute rule.

For instance, if it takes 2 minutes (or less) to complete a task, we should go ahead and complete the task when we see it.

Put the dishes in the sink, 2 minutes to do, then do it.

Answer an email in 2 minutes or less, mark that one as done.

Two minutes to spare? Put the dirty clothes in the hamper or place the remote control back on the table where you can easily find it later.

All of these things add up and allow us more time for other tasks. Plus they remove some of the mental burden we carry around with us each day.

I personally have been reminding myself about the 2 minute rule lately. If I see something which needs to be done, and I know I can knock it out in 2 minutes, I go ahead and do the task. it leaves me feeling good about accomplishing something and all of these completed tasks remove weight from my mind of things needing to be done.

Give it a try and let us know how it works for you.

Remember. It’s the journey not the destination.

Creating a System to Achieve Your Goals

I am working on creating a system which will help me achieve, or at least help me work toward any goals I set for myself. Not only will the system help me achieve the goals I set, it should also give me the foundation to build habits which are healthy and productive and which are to be used in other parts of my life. That is my thinking anyway.

For instance, I know I need to return to a healthier lifestyle. And in the past, I was quite an active person. I would often spend my free time biking and hiking. But, I slowly lost all the gains I had worked to achieve when I stopped taking care of myself, and became the primary caregiver for my father for the last 7 years of his life.

I mentioned in a previous post how much reading the book; Atomic Habits has invigorated my thinking. One thing he writes about is how we need to set up a system which will help us build better habits and achieve our goals. With this in mind, I have set aside time during my lunch to go out and take a walk. But better than just setting aside time and saying I will take a walk, because doing that opens the door for a lot of excuses, I am setting up a system. A system where I specifically focus on the details. For instance, on the days where I will take a walk, I set my workout clothes on the chair in my bedroom. And I mentally tell myself that at a certain time after I have eaten lunch, I will put on those clothes and take a walk. Doing this removes any barriers I might have, or which I might make up as an excuse to not walk.

And that is it, really. I am focusing on setting up systems for things I want to do. My system is simple right now, I set out my workout clothes in the morning while I am getting ready for work. This takes away any barriers which I might use as excuses. I mean hey I could just tell myself that it is too much trouble to find my clothes, to find my socks and my shoes during my lunchtime. For me it would be easier to sit on the couch and keep watching friends repeat until it was time to go back to work. But each day that I strive for 1 percent better means I am getting some place. I have a favorite you-tuber I enjoy watching. He sort of explains it as we don’t have to be 100 percent perfect, really we only need to try for 70 percent. Or maybe 60 percent.

No matter how we look at it, if it is striving to be 1 percent better than the day before, or trying to be a 70 percent out of 100, we are in fact improving.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Remember, it’s the Journey, not the destination.

Be Specific

Going back to the idea of goals and what you (or I) would do if you knew you would not fail, I think where I and maybe you become tripped up is, we are not specific enough.

I always like to joke and tell people that when I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury years ago, I had been asking for some time off, a new hairstyle and to lose weight. I should have been specific in my request and stated – but not at the expense of a life threatening injury. Right?

When I went to college I knew I wanted to earn my degree, That was a goal I had in mind. But to get to that goal I had to pass certain classes. And in order to pass those classes I had to complete assignments. And in order to complete those assignments sometimes I had to do research and that could mean going to the library or otherwise gathering information.

You see how this works out right?

We can set goals for what we want to achieve for ourselves, but if we don’t break down the steps and concentrate on the beginning, on the details, we are highly unlikely to achieve those goals.

And I want all of us to achieve our goals.

Not really off topic but, I am currently reading, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by: James Clear.

I am actually listening to the book on Audible. Atomic Habits is likely one of the best books I have encountered in my lifetime. Check it out and see for your self.

I plan on writing more about the book, how it is resonating with me, and my progress implementing the steps outlined in the book at a later date.

And remember, It’s a Journey not a destination.