It happens to all of us–you have something you want to accomplish, you have a plan to make it happen, and then…you snooze a million times. Or you lay on the couch binge-watching Stranger Things. Or you scroll through social media and realize an hour has gone by. And you haven’t gotten anything done!
It’s so easy to fall into that procrastination trap, where anything and everything is more important than the one thing that REALLY is important to us–and we continue to not accomplish our goals. Now, I don’t really believe in “motivation”–I think sometimes you feel really energized to work towards your goals and sometimes you don’t, but not feeling energized isn’t a reason to not do the necessary work. But some strategies and techniques are crucial for those times where you’re just not feeling it.
This technique comes from the great Mel Robbins–you can watch an awesome video of her explaining it here–and it’s so simple it almost seems like it wouldn’t work. But it does! All you need to do is count backwards from 5–think of it like a countdown to a rocket launch: as the countdown is happening, the rocket is building up energy from its fuel and engine, and then when the countdown ends, it has the energy it needs to take off! We are the same way; counting down from 5 allows our brain to recognize that a transition is happening, to build up energy to make it happen, and to launch us into whatever activity we need to get done.
That’s it! You can use this 5-second rule to help you get up with your alarm instead of snoozing, to push play on your workout, to start that conversation that needs to happen but you’re scared to have, or whatever else you are putting off. And try it with your kids to help them transition from one activity to another without meltdowns!
Whatever it is you need to get done, try this hack to make it happen! 5-4-3-2-1 GO!