Super U Podcast | Combating Procrastination | The Focus Project #10
This audible clip from Erik Qualman’s #1 Bestselling book The Focus Project covers how we can use “The 3-Minute Rule” to accomplish small tasks that we often procrastinate on.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.
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Combating Procrastination | The Focus Project #10
“The Journal of Neuroscience indicates that a task as simple as decluttering, our desk can significantly improve our work performance and health. The three-minute rule, any action that takes less than three minutes to declutter, do it. It’s liberating to embrace the phrase less than three will set you free. Some have a one-minute rule or a two-minute rule. In my case, there isn’t much in my life that I can get done in this short amount of time. Far too often, we postpone something that takes less than three minutes to complete. The three-minute rule will help set you free. What happens we don’t perform these small tasks. One we forget it, it never pops back in our mind in a later causes problems. For example, turning off our water pipes so they don’t freeze, responding to an important email, sending a quick thank you text, dropping a Valentine’s Day card in the mailbox. Number two, we can’t forget about it. It’s their nagging and draining mental capacity for the task at hand. Third, if it’s a quick win, and we don’t do it, consider it a long loss. For example, if it’ll take me three minutes to remove a giant weed from the yard, that’s my quick win. But if I don’t do it, and see it day after day, as it continues to grow and other weeds start to spawn, it becomes a long loss.
Many save items for their children or grandchildren including China desks, chairs, paintings, and the list goes on. When my grandparents moved from their house to the assisted living facility, they were shocked that our family didn’t want any of their things. Instead, everyone in my family wanted our grandparent’s memories and mementos, photographs, family heirlooms, but nobody wanted their stuff. So if you’ve been saving something for someone, ask them today if they actually want it. Consider if they do want it, give it to them now and be if they cannot see wanting it immediately. donate to charity sell at a garage sale or auction it online. Examples of three-minute actions. A photograph someone emailed you the attend to print, print it, wash your smoothie glass out immediately caked-on smoothly takes three times as long to clean. Pick up the shirt on the floor. Put the timer in the electrical socket for the holiday lights. Write that thank you email, reorder your contact lenses or medical prescription before they run out. Put new batteries in your garage door opener. Wipe down the maple syrup outside the jar and unclog the sugar glut at the pour spout unsubscribe from an email list instead of just deleting it, you can always re-subscribe you won’t replace the light bulb. One caveat to the three-minute rule three minute tasks are in abundance. Prepare yourself by combining the time protected in time fencing techniques. With the three-minute rule. The three-minute rule works and that’s why it’s one of my favorite parts of the day.”
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