Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. It’s been an interesting few months that have been both normal and kind of crazy/overwhelming. All will be revealed soon.
Anyway, I am a chronic procrastinator… which is why this post has been sitting in my brain for about 3 weeks before finally making it out. But I’ve also been stuck in a rut this last year or so. I think a lot of us have been. If you feel like 2020 gave you a beat down and you still haven’t recovered, you’re not alone.
One of the things that has helped me to semi-beat procrastination, and has helped me to start crawling out of my rut is the 10-minute method, a.k.a the 10-minute rule, a.k.a the 10-minute trick. I’ve put off a lot of things for various reasons. But this little trick has started helping me to push aside fear and in many cases, dislike of something, in order to get shiz done.
What is the 10-Minute Method?
It’s simple. You just get yourself to do something for 10 minutes.
If you dread exercise, for example, just say, I’m going to exercise for 10 minutes. If you need to set a timer, do that and exercise for 10 minutes.
This works for anything that you’re putting off. For me, one of the chores I hate the most is washing the dishes. It’s an endless vicious cycle. You wash the dishes, and then they all just get dirty again. Even now, and especially these days, I’m actually dismayed when I walk into the kitchen and there are dishes waiting.
I know, right? Of course the fact that we were eating off those plates and drinking out of those cups, using cutlery, and on many occasions, used those pots or that pan to prepare the food, etc, equals dirty dishes. But that fact just disappears from my mind and I’m like, nooooooooooooooooooo! How are there dirty dishes again? I can’t wait till we get a dishwasher.
Anyway, nasty fact about me, I often leave the dishes. With just the two of us, I have many times left the dishes until there are no clean ones left. Sometimes, I even would just wash what we need for that meal and then leave the rest. I know. This is one of the reasons why I tried the 10-minute thing.
Does Doing Something for 10 Minutes Really Help You to Beat Procrastination?
Yes! It can, absolutely.
When I said that I semi-beat procrastination, that’s because I’m a hardcore case. I am one of the laziest people I know. Not if I really like doing something or am excited about it, or I feel confident about doing something. But if I don’t like it, I’m one of those people who will put it off forever unless I can logic myself into doing it.
But it’s helped me immensely. I wash the dishes on most days of the week now. The exception is if I’ve had to cook for whatever reason (usually my husband does it, he is much better at cooking, we’re both happier this way), or if I just got too tired and left it way too late.
I’ve also stopped regularly practising my instruments. Honestly, this is a case of just being a little meh. This has made me feel really bad when I have a violin lesson and then suck despite having had two or three weeks to practice since the previous one. But it’s also just demoralising when the sound that comes out of the violin makes me want to run or my fingers start hurting after only a song or two on the guitar.
Getting myself to commit to just 10-minutes has been great for this. I do love music, and I love making music. I want to be a great musician someday. I often end up playing for longer than those 10 minutes. And honestly, for some things, the more time you can spend on it, the better.
Next thing I need to tackle is that book I’m writing. My like of writing has been a partial case of being a pantser. I aim to become a planster, but it’s tough going when this is wired into me. The rest of it probably has to do with the fact that I’m like, what are the chances of actually getting published by a publisher, and how will I compete if I self-publish, and will people really like or benefit from the story.
Anyway, the main thing I need to do is stop trying to become a plantser, and just be a plantser… well, as much of one as my “rogue” freedom-loving ways go.
So starting today, I will put in at least 10 minutes every day, or at least 5 days of the week. Already making little loopholes. Ah well.
What Do You Want To Achieve?
Do you also want to write a novel or start a blog? Do you want to get fitter? Do you want to start that side hustle you’ve been considering? Want to do well on that test? Want to meet new people? Do you want to learn a new skill or language?
Often it’s not outside influences stopping us from these things. In some cases, yes, you may be lacking resources or have too much on your plate already. But you need to prioritise what’s important to you.
Most of us can fit in 10 minutes a day to do something important to us. If all you have is 10 minutes, that’s better than not doing it at all. Set your goals and devote at least those few minutes to them.
It can be hard to find motivation, but for 10 minutes, we can conquer our fears, we can push aside doubts, we can set aside laziness.
Give it a go and let me know if the 10-minute method has worked for you.