I tried writing in a framework for couple of days. The designer in me was adamant about writing consistently but hey writing within a framework is not helping the cause. Each topic has a context and needs a certain type of discussion so let us chuck the strategies, brain speak way of discussing all things neuro. It sucks! So let us go with the flow. I will add a brownie point to quick decision making and fabulous adaptability of the brain on the go 😁
Today, I want to talk about procrastination. The most important topic of our times when we have so much to do and so little time.
Let us answer these questions honestly.
How many new year resolutions have you achieved so far?
How many goals are you sticking to now?
Did you write that book you wanted to write?
Did you lose that belly you wanted to let go?
Did you finish that marathon?
If your answer has been no to one or more questions, you are not alone. Most of us are not able to stick to our plans and goals consistently. We keep pushing it for later. We are not proud about that fact for sure. I am as guilty as you are. Just 24 months ago, I was totally frustrated and I loathed everything about me pushing towards the corners of wellness (or the lack of). I will not be surprised if some of you feel that way now about yourself.
I turned to brain science to understand what was happening and what I found was astonishing. After I understood how our brains handle progress, learning, my equation with goal setting, motivation, achievements & accomplishments changed one hundred percent. That is what I want to share with you today.
Whenever our brain sees big goal in front of us, it gets totally worried about the amount of energy that is needed to accomplish. If it feels daunting and our brain shuts down. That is what causes procrastination.
By nature most of our long term goals are big and no wonder we don’t accomplish most of our goals.
Every time you procrastinate, ask these simple questions to yourself
how can i break down the big goal into small tasks that I can do it effortlessly?
what can i do now, so that some part of the big goal is done?
what will give me small wins so that I can focus on big wins later?
These questions are a powerful way of getting unstuck from the procrastination zone. Go do something about that goal and experience that small win. The moment our brain sees a tangible progress, a dose of dopamine gets released and that makes you feel good. It gives motivation to go and accomplish the next small step. This progress - motivation loop is the only way you can beat procrastination.
Walk 15 mins everyday and don’t worry about your marathon.
Write 2 pages everyday and don’t worry about your book.
Eat one nutritious meal everyday and don’t worry about losing 40 pounds.
If you ace the art of breaking down a big goal into small wins, you will never procrastinate again in your life. Give it a try and let me know how your feel?
🥂 to small wins!
Yo! Thanks for reading. Means a lot to me as attention is the hardest currency 🙏
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