You Have It All Wrong! Embrace This Easy Trick And Stop Procrastinating
Read this story only if you are procrastinating and adopt this trick.
We need to take responsibility for our own procrastination.
Do you have trouble reading or studying? Do you have trouble getting any of your work done? Do you feel lethargic and uninspired to exercise?
I am feeling lethargic and do not feel like starting task A, B, C today. I will do it once I get motivated.
Yes, you got it wrong, let’s see how it works.
The trick to the ‘Do Something’ principle.
If this is the case, then you need the Do Something principle. That’s right!
The secret to all of your procrastination and work-life problems is to shut up and get to work.
You think that you’re supposed to get motivated and then take action. You people have it all backward.
No, it works the other way around. Action creates motivation.
Motivation is not an on and off switch. It’s not something that you just wake up with one day. Motivation is a snowball, it starts teensy-tiny, and then you get it rolling downhill.
Eventually, it takes no effort at all! You do a little, and that inspires you to do a little more. And that inspires you to do a little more! Eventually, you reach the point where it’s more difficult to stop doing your task than it is to start in the first place.
Adopting the ‘Do Something’ principle — HOW TO?
- When you’re intimidated by a big task, break it up into smaller bite-sized tasks. Don’t focus on writing the whole book. Write the first paragraph. Don’t focus on getting insane shape. Just focus on having a single good workout.
- It’s The ‘Do Something’ Principle. You do something, anything, and good things happen. It’s magic! But don’t take my word for it.
Listen to these other guys:
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. — Peter Marshall
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. — Thomas Jefferson
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. — Zig Ziglar
My learnings & transition to this trick.
I formerly hesitated to write on a platform like this and had a few months of procrastination before I finally started writing, good or bad — and learned the “do something” principle.
I thought making videos on youtube required skilled expertise, but I had to begin one day and, I did — I embraced ‘Do Something’ (“Do Something, make something”).
And finally, before I let you go back to your work.
People assume there’s some big secret to procrastination. There’s not, it’s just about momentum. And if your momentum is constantly being interrupted by stories like this one, then you’re not doing something.
So, adopt and embrace this trick, stay productive and have fun in whatever you do.