5 Second Rule

PROCRASTINATION, I’ve done a lot of it in my lifetime. From studying for exams, cleaning up, paying bills, doing taxes, working out, laundry, you name it I’ve procrastinated about it….lol. So why do I do it? In simple words it’s because I’m lazy and none of the things I mentioned above excite me.

So when was the last time you put something off until you absolutely had to do it? Probably yesterday, today or even right now? You’re probably procrastinating right now by choosing to reading my blog (Thank you by the way 🙂 ). We all do it and a lot of us are probably looking at ways to change that “lazy” attitude. Then you might find this blog useful. My hubby forwarded an article to me, which I read and found VERY interesting and had to share. It’s by Mel Robbins and it’s called the “5 Second Rule”. She talks about how our brain works on a 5 second rule. We have 5 seconds to take action on an idea or thought, before the brains kills it and talks us out of doing it. No wonder we’re lazy because 5 seconds isn’t a lot of time.

She states in one of her article “Five seconds is how fast your self-doubt kicks in and your mind goes to work against you. That’s why you have to move even faster. And that’s why the 5 Second Rule is such a game changer. When you start counting backward, you interrupt the habit of overthinking, you assert control, you focus yourself on taking new action, and you activate a different part of your brain. It’s a trick you can use to outsmart your brain in order to achieve your goals.

You can use it to wake up from autopilot mode, to interrupt your self-sabotaging habits, to outsmart your brain, and to take control of your life with five second decisions. The simple act of counting backward to yourself, 5-4-3-2-1, does some shockingly powerful things in your brain”. (Link at the bottom if you like to read the entire article – I highly recommend it).

How does this play out in our real life? I can give an example from my mom life; when I do laundry majority of the time the clothes come out of the dryer and sit in my room for hours or days. But I have noticed if I take them out and fold them right away it’s DONE. Why…? Because I don’t give my brain enough time to kick back into lazy mode or have the “i’ll do it later” option. I’m sure you can come up with a lot of examples when you’ve thought about doing something and actually did it right then and there. So I’m assuming this method works?

I’m going to try it out this week. I’m one of those people that needs at least 3 alarm alerts to get up in the morning. They’re set at 6:15am, 6:30am and 6:45am. It takes me 45 mins from the first time I hit snooze to wake up (ridiculous). It’s starting to get really annoying because I hate the fact that I’m rushing out the door every morning.

If your finding yourself kicking back into lazy mode or procrastinating try out the 5 second rule (doesn’t hurt right). You never know you might just surprise yourself and I’ll let you know how much success I have with it this week ;).








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