I subscribe to Audible and over the last few years have listened to many books. I bought this one last year sometime and listened for a few minutes. I wasn’t in the mood or was maybe a bit overwhelmed so I pushed it aside. I guess I just wasn’t ready for it.
Recently, I needed a book to listen to on our ROAD TRIP to Montana so I looked through my library and stumbled upon THE 5 SECOND RULE by MEL ROBBINS, again. I started listening to it and didn’t want to stop. Ended up finishing it up on the drive home 2 weeks later. SO MANY VALUABLE points in this book that I need to listen again and take notes. So I plan to share many parts of this book, 1 lesson at a time.
Procrastination – According to Mel we have had it all wrong for all these years. Do you struggle with PROCRASTINATION? Um YES!!! Did you know that you are not a PROCRASTINATOR? You have a HABIT of PROCRASTINATING. SAY WHAT?!?! Come to find out our PROCRASTINATION has nothing to do with the thing we are avoiding. We PROCRASTINATE because we are STRESSED. PROCRASTINATION is a form of STRESS RELIEF. Think about that. Personally I never put that together but it makes complete sense. So now what?? Well here are the steps to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!!
#1 – ACKNOWLEDGE THE STRESS: “Wait a second, I am spending way too much time avoiding what I need to do so I must be stressed.”
#2 – COUNT 5-4-3-2-1 (to yourself): This disrupts the habit and awakens the pre-frontal cortex of the brain
#3 – Interrupt the Procrastination Habit: Remember PROCRASTINATION is a HABIT.
#4 – Do 1 thing. Just for 5 minutes: Your problem isn’t working. Its the habit of avoiding. Based on her research if you start, 80% of you will continue.
As she says throughout her book, ITS SIMPLE but not EASY. Don’t get in your head too much about the little things. Just start. Count 5-4-3-2-1 and Go. This resonates with me as a long time Crossfitter. 3-2-1…GO.
Here is a link to a video with Mel Robbins discussing the topic.