Tag: procrastination

6 Rules to Finish What You Start

 

Given we all have 24 hours in a day, I’m constantly surprised by how many people squander that precious time and waste it on things they know they shouldn’t be doing.

I see this all the time with my friends, loved ones and my peers, and do my best to share my knowledge on habits, time management and tools to help them. 

Most of the time they end up resenting where their time went and what they didn’t achieve.

So how can you avoid this?

Well, you can start by listening to this podcast episode where I divulge the 6 Rules to Finishing What You Start.

I’ve read my fair share of books and one of the most inspiring is Peter Hollin’s “Finish What You Start”. 

In this book, he shares his lifelong curiosity around how we manage our time and also why we don’t finish the things that we start. He then goes into a plethora of practical ways to reclaim our time and actually get things done!

One of the methods he suggests, that I found to be a real eye-opener, is creating a manifesto. A manifesto, in his words, is nothing more than a set of rules to follow everyday.

By having this manifesto as your guiding principle, you immediately place a value on your time and activities that makes you prioritize what’s important, and it acts as a guiding star for any new projects you may want to start, and to avoid any distractions that will inevitably come your way.

He also shares 6 rules to finishing what you start, and I divulge these on this podcast episode, but in a nutshell they are:

Rule 1: Are you acting out of laziness? If so, is this a characterization you want about yourself?

Rule 2: Three major tasks a day, maximum.

Rule 3: Create daily limitations and requirements for yourself.

Rule 4: Reaffirm your intentions by stating “I want,” “I will,” and “I won’t” statements.

Rule 5: Try to look into the future, 10 minutes, hours, and days at a time. Do you like what you see when you consider not following through?

Rule 6: It’s just 10 minutes, right? So if you want to quit, it’s just 10 minutes. And if you need to wait, it’s just 10 minutes.

I go into more detail on what each of these rules means and how to apply them and also share 

  • How to write a manifesto
  • How to reaffirm your intentions

Resources

Let me know what you think of this episode and if you enjoy the insights I shared into how to value your time consciously and make the most of every minute.

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Beat Procrastination by Managing Your Emotions

Lately, with the sheer amount of work I’ve put on my own plate, and take full responsibility for, I’ve found myself procrastinating more than I’d like to admit.

Procrastination – the thing we all love to hate but can’t avoid…until now!

Turns out, what has always been viewed as another form of laziness or perfection (depending on which side of the coin you place yourself), actually has nothing to do with time management at all!

After reading a fantastic NYTimes article, it appears it’s not about time management but emotions management – which is something we as humans can definitely work on controlling.

Here’s what the article quotes:

“A 2013 study, Dr. Pychyl and Dr. Sirois found that procrastination can be understood as “the primacy of short-term mood repair … over the longer-term pursuit of intended actions.”

Put simply, procrastination is about being more focused on “the immediate urgency of managing negative moods” than getting on with the task, Dr. Sirois said.”

This makes so much sense to me. We feel bad when we procrastinate, but because we often procrastinate by getting something else done, that’s not priority but is useful, we temporarily feel better.

Until we return to the shite feelings of still being behind, stressed, anxious, self-doubt and even more horrible emotions that procrastination briefly took us away from.

Before we know it, we get stuck in an endless chronic cycle of rewarding those bad feelings through the habit of procrastination.  

There is an alternative, six in fact, and I think you’re going to like them and by the end of this podcast, even implement them, rather than procrastinating right?!

In this episode I share with you:

  • Why you’re not a lazy person even if you procrastinate
  • Why procrastination is not a time management problem, but an emotions management one
  • The real reason we procrastinate and how to break the chronic cycle
  • How to rewire our brain to a Bigger Better Offer than the reward of procrastination
  • Six positive ways to beat procrastination

Resources

Read this NYTimes article: Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control) 

Short video by Mel Robbins: The reason you procrastinate (It’s not what you think) 

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