Recently, i’ve been following a simple rule that is helping me crush procrastination and making it easier for me to stick to good habits at the same time.
I want to share it with you today so that you can try it out and see how it works in your life.
The best part? It’s a simple strategy that couldn’t be easier to use.
Here’s what you need to know….
How to Stop Procrastinating With “The 120 Seconds Rule”
I call this little strategy “The 120 Seconds Rule” and the goal is to make it easier for you to get started on the things you should be doing.
Here’s the deal….
Most of the task that you procrastinate in aren’t actually difficult to do —- you have the talent and skills to accomplish them —- you just avoid starting then for one reason or another.
The 120 Seconds Rule overcomes procrastination and laziness by making it so easy to start taking action that you can’t say no.
There are two part to The 120 second Rule….
Part 1 — if it takes less than 120 seconds, then do it now.
It’s surprising how many things we put off that we could get done in 120 sec. or less. For example, washing your dishes immediately after your meal, tossing the laundry in the washing machine, taking out garbage, cleaning up clutter, sending that email, and so on.
If a task takes less than 120 seconds to complete, then follow the rule and do it right now.
Part 2 — When you start a new habit, it should take less than 120 seconds to do.
Can all of your goals be accomplished in less than 120 seconds? Obviously not.
But, every goal can be started in 120 seconds or less. And that’s the purpose behind this little rule.
It might sound like this strategy is too basic for your grand life goals, but i beg to differ. It works for any goal because of one simple reason: the physics of real life.
The Physics of Real Life
As Sir Issac Newton taught us a long time ago, ” Object at rest tend to stay at rest and object in motion tend to stay in motion.” This is just as true for humans as it is for falling apples.
The 120 Seconds Rule works for big goals as well as small goals because of the inertia of life. Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. I like the 120 Seconds Rule because it embraces the idea that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.
Want to become a better writer? Just write one sentence (120 Sec. Rule), and you’ll often find yourself writing for an hour.
Want to eat healthier? Just eat one piece of fruit (120 Sec. Rule), and you’ll often find yourself inspired to make healthy salad as well.
Want to make reading a habit? Just read first page of a new book (120 Sec. Rule), and before you know it, the first three chapters have flown by.
Want to run three times a week? Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, just get your running shoes on and get out the door (120 Sec. Rule), and you’ll and up putting mileage on your legs instead of popcorn in your stomach.
The 120 Seconds Rule isn’t about the results you achieve, but rather about the process of actually doing the work. The focus is on taking action and letting things flow from there.
The most important part of any new habit is getting started — not just the first time, but each tume. It’s not about performance, it’s about consistently taking action. This is especially true in the beginning because there will be plenty of time to improve your performance later on.
Try It Now
I can’t guarantee whether or not The 120 Seconds Rule will work for you. But, I can guarantee that it will never work if you never try it.
What’s something you can do that will take you less than 120 seconds? Do it right now.
Anyone can spare the next 120 seconds. Use this time to get one thing done. Go.