How 5 Seconds Can Change Your Day: Guest Post

Hello Folks. Exciting news- you’ll be getting an extra post every month! That’s right, I’m starting a guest post segment. On the third Sunday of every month, you’ll hear from an aspiringn writer about something important to them. All opinions are the writer’s own and not necessarily held by Thoughts From A Tree. However, I’m excited to share other young writers work on my platform. Stay tuned for new voices.

I have been thinking a lot lately about writing this blog post and I have finally decided to put the fingers to the keyboard. Recently, I have been studying and analyzing a lot of memory experts and successful people. I have come to the conclusion that they all have one thing in common;
the ability to get up and get the job done. I started asking myself, “how are they different from us? Do they ever procrastinate or have they just mastered ways alien to the population to deal with it?” When I started researching, I found that 95% of the population has developed a very bad habit of procrastinating. I also began to think of how much this affects me and how I am, too, part of this population. So how can we all replace this bad habit with an extreme level of dedication and laser focus on our work,- being able to finish all of your work and still have time for yourself and your family? Keep reading…

First, let’s define procrastination. Procrastination is simply the act of delaying something. A lot of people confuse this term with laziness but let me assure you that they are two different things. The difference between being lazy and procrastinating is that when you procrastinate, you have a task at hand which you know you need to finish, but you postpone it. Similar to what I did when writing this post.
The task you need to perform is assumably rigorous and demands a lot of hard work and attention. The lack of entertainment, or as we like to call it “fun”, sends a message to your brain. Since your brain’s job is trying to keep you happy, it looks for ways and ideas to shut down that voice in your brain tells you to finish the task, and moves you towards activities or things that will get that dopamine going.

Fortunately, there is a way out of this and thanks to Mel robbins, a TV host for CNN but famous for her motivational speeches, this strategy is not so alien anymore. In one of her TED Talks, she spoke about this tool she discovered when she was in her 40s and was struggling to pay the bills and keep her marriage. She named it the “the 5-second rule”. What Robbins learned was that every time we think about sitting down and getting some work done, our brain begins to make excuses. But we all have this five-second window before we get overwhelmed by our brain and start engaging in stalling habits. The way the “5-second rule” works is; the moment you get an instinct and become aware of what you should be doing, countdown aloud, 5…4…3…2…1 and physically move immediately. By doing this, you are able to jump out of the “window” before it shuts and procrastination overrides you.
Moreover, the application of this rule does not stop here. You can use it in every situation and aspect of your life. Suppose, you see an attractive person that you want to approach and talk to or you want to speak to your boss about the raise you deserve or want to try out something new that you have wanted to do but never started because you felt you are incompetent or others won’t appreciate it. This is my first time writing a post like this and I had to use this rule this to push myself into this if I was ever going to write it. All you have to do is countdown from 5 and physically make a move. Not only would procrastinate less, but you may also become more confident and happier.

I started implementing this rule in my life and I have got to tell you, the results are off the charts! When I find myself on Friday nights watching movies or playing games and I realize that I have some work that needs to be done, I simply countdown 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and get moving. I now have more time on my hands and I am less stressed about things. Every night I go to bed, I feel relaxed and I express my gratitude instead of worrying about what I have to do tomorrow and submerge into stress the next morning. I urge you to use this plan of action and believe me when I tell you that this will soon turn into a habit, morphing you into an unstoppable, overachieving barbarian, overcoming all of your tasks one by one.

Thank you for reading this disaster of a post and I hope you took something valuable away from this. Never forget…you…are awesome.

KK is an aspiring economist and a part time procrastinator. He is currently working with pandas to help fight off the aliens in this side of the galaxy. He also loves snake cuddles.

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