How I Stopped Procrastinating

by - August 24, 2018

"You have about a five second window in which you can move from idea to action before your brain kicks into full gear and sabotages any change of behavior... It's your job to learn how to move from those ideas that can change everything, to acting on them." - Mel Robbins

If you haven’t heard of Mel Robbins or her “5-Second Rule” by now, then the first thing I would advise you to do is make a quick Google search of her. Why? Because she is amazing, as are her methods for gaining the things you want in life. The 5-Second Rule is genius, and I can attest to that. It can change your life. I only learned of Robbins and her Rule about four weeks ago, and it has done wonders for my schooling, work, and changed the way I react and deal with difficult situations; I feel more in control. The 5-Second Rule can be used for anything; from implementing it in your career, school, personal life/issues, relationships, tough decisions, wanting to go skydiving, hiking that difficult mountain, anything. Robbins mentioned in a video (you can find it here) that a man, Steve, contacted her, and thanked her because her method literally saved his life. Steve had mentioned that he was suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder and was about to take his life before remembering her Rule and asked for help. (He's not the only one, either)

It is very powerful, and I intend to use it all the time; I am sharing it today in hopes that it can help you as well.
"We all have a habit of hesitating." - Mel Robbins

Like most, when I first watched Robbins' video on YouTube and heard her speak of the 5-Second Rule, I thought it was bogus and that she was pulling my leg. "Counting down from five can change my life? You can't be serious," I believe were my exact words. I literally thought that what she spoke of, was a joke! But just the way she spoke of her past and how she used the Rule to break her habit of hitting the snooze button had me intrigued; since I am running a blog that is supposed to help people, I figured I would try it out, just in case it did work. And you know what? On my word, it did.

Boy did it ever work.

You see, because I am taking classes at my local college, I have to wake up every morning around 8:15-8:30a.m. Monday through Thursday. You're probably thinking that that isn't early at all, but trust me, to me it is (before I started these classes I would wake up around 1p.m!) because I am, and never was, a morning person. By counting down from five, out loud, when I first hear my alarm clock going off, I no longer hit the snooze and go back to sleep; instead, I get up as fast as I can (you're not supposed to think about it), shower, and study or work before I catch my bus. Because of the Rule, I really do believe that I will one day be a morning person with or without using an alarm clock.

I am a huge procrastinator. Huge. I would have a test to study for and I'd leave it until the last minute. Which is most likely why I never did so good on tests in the first place (don't worry! For blessings unknown to me, I still passed). I would get distracted and binge-watch my favorite TV shows until it was very late at night, or I would go out with my boyfriend and take our dog for a hike. One time, I waited until the last minute to make an appointment with my dentist because of 1.) I didn't want to stop what I was doing to make the call and 2.) I thought I would have been able to deal with the pain until it got a little more painful (wrong! The pain kept me up at night in tears). By the time I finally made the appointment, I still had to wait an extra month due to how busy it was (she informed me, while she was drilling my teeth, that had I called a week or two sooner, I would have gotten in right away. Face-palm).

Bottom line is, I was very bad with procrastination. Unhealthy, even. But I noticed that after I started counting down and acted without thinking about it first, I started studying as soon as I got home to get it out of the way, my time-management and decision-making skills were way better than what they were a month ago, and I was no longer hesitating to speak up while in class. Of course, like I said, this is still relatively new to me, so I'm still working a few things out.

These are only two ways in which the Rule has helped me improve myself. I hope you enjoyed, and I hope you gained something helpful. Please, don't forget to watch the video! It (and she) are truly, truly, inspiring. I honestly watch it every night before I go to bed and while I am studying.

Have a great day!

"Stop waiting until you feel like it - and just do it until you do!" - Mel Robbins

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16 comments

  1. Oh gosh, I needed this! I tend to procrastinate so much. :( thanks!

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  2. Great post! I had heard about the 5 second rule maybe a year ago, and I do use something similar to get up In the morning. But I am going to try using it for other things I procrastinate on.

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  3. This will help me a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I have never heard of the 5 second rule but it is genius. I find that I get more done when I get up and do it the moment that I think of it. If you give your self to much time to think about it you will always come up with an excuse.

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  5. I absolutely love Mel Robbins and have used this 5 second rule often, the main one was getting out of bed. I now do it as habit. It’s amzixng 💗

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  6. I'm so glad you've found something that works for you. I definitely need to try it--especially with mail.

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  7. I love the 5-second rule. It's helped me out a lot with decision-making and procrastination as well. Keeps the worrying down :)

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  8. That’s a great tip. We procrastinate here in the house so much! We try it!

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  9. I plan to stop procrastinating soon too, lol. I get so caught up in what I am doing, I tend to lose focus or do too many things at once.

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  10. I am the worst procrastinator! Great words of advice, thanks for sharing!!

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  11. I am a big procrastinator too...Your post is again a reminder than I need to work on it. I am glad I came across this post.

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  12. Loved this! I procrastinate soooo much. Mainly due to allowing myself to get distracted easily. Great post!

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  13. Such a great read! I procrastinate way too much sometimes

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  14. Great post! Definitely procrastinate!

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  15. Love it! I really need to pick up a practice to help with procrastination.

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  16. seriously such a helpful mantra! makes doing things WAY less scary!

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