This is the ultimate 5-minute Ninja Nerd Trick to crush your to do list.
One of the biggest stresses in my professional life has always been battling procrastination.
I'm going to show you right now how I beat it.
Procrastination. One of the biggest worst most vile foes of entrepreneurs globally.
Do you know why we do it? I can't tell you why you do it but from studies I have seen - it goes something like this (I find this very true in my own life)
But. You don't.
Day 1, and 2 goes by and you haven't done the thing you need to do, instead you probably did everything but it, you decided to do dishes, to think about it some more, _ p.s. you hate doing dishes, but you'd rather do dishes overdoing this big thing you need to do that's going to grow your life. Dishes?? Really. How about organizing that junk drawer, all of a sudden.
Yep, this is what humans do.
You know why?
Because the smarter and more creative you are which is a blessing, (which is most of you reading this) comes with a negative feedback loop in the form of you and I can create some crazy stopping you in your tracks stories - the more you can imagine the more you have a propensity to procrastinate.
SO the trick is, start early and start fast. When I started implementing this thing really took off. Start early to start fast.
In investing, start early start fast. For Maximum wealth.
In fighting, the person who gets his shots off first has a good shot to win if they connect and do damage.
In BJJ if you are attacking the person is defending, start fast to work to get to a good solid dominant position.
So here is what I do now, I have a new project, I go right to paper and pen, no CPU, OLDSKOOLZ, Pen and paper. (Not pencil - you can erase pencil - just pen).
When using a pen in art you have to plan your strokes better because you can't erase. WE want that embedded in our thoughts doing this exercise. Just get it out.
Immediately think of the task you need to do. Think about it from all angles for 3 minutes.
Only 3 minutes.
Don't push thoughts if you stray, stray, it's ok your mind is working stuff out.
Now. Take the pen, and immediately the first thing that comes to mind.
1 sentence - Outline the problem you are solving with whatever you are doing.
Now. Next sentence - outline how you are solving it.
Now - outline the 5 things you have to do to get that solved. (These should be bullets. )
Then that's IT. Close the book.
Go have something to eat, coffee or a beer. You just started the project and got the hard work done already.
The power in this is that you have not put your brain PAST the hump, past the hard part (which is starting) now you just did the heavy lifting (the deciding phase) now you just have to do.
If you do this you crush your procrastination you actually trick your brain into saying ok I am going to spend no more than 5 minutes on this and it's going to be the spark that lights the fuse for later.
Here is an example:
I have to do a trailer project for a NFL training center.
Sentence 1: How do we create a trailer that shows the power, the facility and history of the center?
Sentence 2: Create a trailer that shows fan footage, content from phones, game day footage, and production footage, over intense music that captures that LETS GO GET IT feeling.
Now go and try it for yourself.
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Starting early is key.