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Starting a big task

You can break down any big task or large project into quick bites that allow you to get started, sustain momentum, and complete an overwhelming task two minutes at a time. 

The next time you feel the pull to procrastinate, identify something you can do in just two minutes to get started. 

Plan big, execute small.

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Completing quick tasks

What could be a quick task we complete right way becomes a point of procrastination. A tiny to do can take on a life of its own in our minds. 

The longer you put something off, the harder it feels to accomplish it. To avoid this phenomenon, tackle tasks as soon as they arise or shortly thereafter to avoid them building up in the first place.

Carve out time for two-minute tasks

We can carve out blocks where we can put the two-minute rule to use.

One of the best times to use the two-minute rule is during periods of structured procrastination. During this time, you’re procrastinating on one thing, but focusing on slightly less important tasks.

The con of the 2 minute rule

There's a time and a place to implement the 2 minute rule. Quickly popping into our inbox to respond to an email is a distraction when we’re meant to be preparing for an upcoming presentation.

Hard and complex work often requires longer stretches of time. These periods of time should be blocked off. During this time, put the two-minute rule on pause.

The advantages of the 2 minute rule
  1.  With the 2 minute rule, there's no complex workflow, 4x4 grid, or inbox to input your tasks. It's simple and straightforward: Do the quick task quickly
  2. Instead of adding a task to a list and finding time in the near or distant future to complete it, act in the present.
  3. When you employ the two-minute rule to complete just one thing, it often generates a sense of accomplishment that propels you towards the next task. Action begets more action
david allen

“That said, you shouldn’t become a slave to spending your day doing two-minute actions. This rule should be applied primarily when you are engaging with new input; for example, processing your in-tray, interacting with someone in your office or home, or simply dealing with some random intersection in the hallway.”

Food as another example

When you're in the moment of whether or not to eat the whole package of cookies, you need to shift your focus and focus on the pain (where will you be in 6 months if you continue to overeat?)

If you want to change your behavior, change what you link pain and pleasure to

Step 1: Get yourself to feel a certain way and feel it strongly

Step 2: While you're feeling it.. link it to something else

The pain and pleasure principle

(n.) Everything we do in life is driven by the need to avoid pain or the desire to gain pleasure.

"Humans will often do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure"


Example: School project. 

1. Humans will often do more to avoid pain than to avoid pleasure

2. Whatever you focus on becomes your reality

Ask yourself what will be the pain if you don't start this project now. Focus and visualize this picture in your head.

Start by taking baby steps but just start.


Everything that has value in life comes from consistency: success, wealth, relationships, health etc.

Consistency doesn't mean perfection. it is winning majority of the time.

For the times you fall, learn to get back on track and get used to it. 

Learn to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you.

Visualization is a powerful cheat code to success

The brain doesn't know the difference between imagination and reality.

When you're visualizing something you're actually building neural networks as if that experience had already occured.

Example: Linking running (Pain) to pleasure (Song)

You feel sad so you go running while you listen a song. (Step 1: Felt sense of relief strongly)

"What gets fired together gets wired together"

When you take something challenging and make it an enjoyable experience this massively increases your chances to do it again in the future. That's because now your brain wants to do it. 

3. Meditate. Meditate. Meditate

Meditation is the act of focus on one thing at a time. It can be your breath, bodily sensations, or even a song that you like.

If you are a beginner, try to meditate 5 minutes or 10 every day.

Try some guided meditations on Youtube or try using some apps.

You can meditate also when you eat, when you walk, when you do something you like. This is called mindfulness. The act of simply enjoying what you are doing, focusing on the present, savoring every second that goes by.

2. Set a Timer (5 Minutes or more) And Watch the Time Go By

Take your phone, turn off notifications and set a 5 minutes or more timer.

Watching the time go by, doing nothing, can surprise you of the amount of time you are taking for granted.

Just slow down and watch the time go by. There is no rush.

Like the previous exercise, try to be fully aware of the time. It’s okay to think, but whenever your mind wonders try to be aware of your thoughts, acknowledging them without judgment.

The Benefits of Living in The Present

It improves our concentration, effectiveness and, in general, our mood. 

Living and thinking about the past makes us feel guilty or depressed, and thinking about the future makes us anxious. On the contrary, when we live in the present moment we just enjoy what we have now.


Hey, the article that you are going to read was originally written by me on Medium. Check my page if you want:

https://medium.com/@isalat20 :) 

4. Capture Your Life

Make photos of what you are eating, what you are doing or simply what you like. Capture your life so whenever you want you can go back and see visually what you were doing in that specific moment.

Let's see you are walking and you see a beautiful flower. You can take a photo of it and once in a while, you can see the photo and you will remember instantly the joy and happiness of seeing that flower.

1. Watch Outside your Window or Take a Walk

Watch outside your window, take a walk and just be aware of what is going around.

This can help you to become more observant, aware and happier. Watch outside your window right after you wake up for 5 or 10 minutes. Watch the clouds as they move, watch the people as they walk or talk, watch the cars as they pass.

When you watch outside your window or when you take a walk try to be fully aware of where you are and what you are seeing. Don't just walk without paying attention of what's going on. 

3: Combine with Pomodoro/Animedoro Technique

Working for long hours without taking breaks can overwhelm you and unmotivate you. 

Set a timer of 25/40/60 minutes where you focus only on your work/study. Then take a break of 5/10/20 mintues where you stop studying and you do something else ( watch a show, go outside, eat, review your distraction page etc...)

Check this to know more about the pomodoro and the animedoro technique.

Some apps: Forest, Focus To-Do

2: Write Down Distractions as They Come

Create a distraction page when you study. 

Use this to write down distractions as they come, even when you are working.

Whatever is on your mind, just pluck it out, write it out and store it away. 

Then get back to this page on your breaks.

6. when thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of anxiety can change the future.

You can’t change your past. What is done is done. It’s useless to feel guilty about what you’ve done, instead you have to take everything as a lesson. Learn from your mistakes and try not to do them again.

Also, you don’t have to stress too much about your future. Remember that your future will be the choices that you do today.

Rather than worrying, think about what you can do today in order to have a good tomorrow.

7. It's all in your mind

If you believe in something you’ll have more chance to actually make it a reality. It’s our mind that shape the perception of our life. Be aware of how your mind reacts to things and how it behaves.

If you want different results in your life, you don’t have to wait for events to occur, all you have to do is to change your mind.

3. No one is you and that is your power

We are all different and unique in something. 

You are what you are and nobody will ever be you. Be yourself because it is your true power. And if you don't like something then change it: Shape your mind and design your soul

Your life is a painting and YOU hold the brush.

4. I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I WAS SOMEBODY.

If you don't like something, then why do you have to wait other people to change it?. You are a person too and if others can do it, so do you.

Changing something doesn't mean doing big actions or big things. You can just be aware and take responsability of what happens. Don't be indifferent and take action now.

There’s always something you can do, and even if it’s small, it’ll always help.

2. You will graduate, you will get job, you will find love. You have an entire life! things take time. Just enjoy where you are now. RELAX.

This is a reminer to live in the present moment and to enjoy what we have now.

Everything takes time and it all starts with you.

Don't stress too much, things will come, just appreciate where you are now.

8. Life is like a piano. The white keys show happiness. The black keys show sadness. But as you venture on life’s journey remember that the black keys also make music

You’ll feel sad, you’ll feel angry, depressed and all other bad emotions. Even positive people have negative thoughts, they just don't let them control them. 

Life is made of happy and sad moments but as this quote says, the sad moments also help us to live and to move on.

Don’t let negative moments control you. You are not your insecurities. Be strong and learn how to take the good from these moments, as you venture on life’s journey.

5. Focus on the shape of your mind rather than the shape of your body

The only thing that mattters is your mind, your mindset and the way you behave. Shape your body if you want, but don't stress yourself. Appearance is nothing. 

If someone really cares about you than he doesn’t care about your body or about your face.

A person is not his/her body. A person is his/her mind.

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