Destroy Procrastination: The 5 Second Rule
Neuroscience offers a simple trick for stopping procrastination in its tracks.
You’re tied up with deadlines, meetings, commitments, targets, and everything else that makes your life difficult. But here you are, stuck with indecision and contemplating how to approach your giant to-do list as if you have all the time in the world.
Sound familiar? Like everyone else, you are under the familiar spell called "procrastination."
But there is a simple rule that can help you stop procrastination in its tracks.
The rule is simple: the moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must act on in it immediately (or within five seconds) — otherwise your brain will start leaning towards procrastination.
This technique lets your brain eliminate doubts, fears, and emotions that hinder you from performing. Once you start using the rule correctly, those five seconds can become 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, up until you finish your tasks.
While you cannot immediately flush out procrastination out of your system, you can start by conditioning your mind into focusing on what is important and knowing that you can do it (or at least take a crack at it) during the 5-second window.