|These two “rules of 5” help me resist the entreaties of my squirrel friend Scrappy (see video below)|
There are two rules of 5 that, when coupled together, can help you achieve 100% of your goals.
The first I think of as The 5 Day Rule from my friend Gary Ryan Blair, creator of the famous 100 Day Challenge. Gary tells people to Start Fast and Finish Strong. And the 5 Day Rule is how he does it.
Every Monday morning, Gary decides what he needs to accomplish that week, and then manages his entire workload based on what he plans to get done by Friday. Here’s why, in his words: The problem with creating longer planning cycles is that they lack immediacy, gravity and urgency. You can read his entire post here.
The second, and complementary rule is from Mel Robbins, author of the book The 5 Second Rule. I’m oversimplifying here, but she says that from the time you have the inspiration to do something (such as get out of bed and go exercise) you have 5 seconds to act before your brain has put up a wall of excuses as to why you really should stay in bed. She has a 5-minute video posted here.
Coupling the advice from Gary and from Mel will help you keep a focus on what really matters, spark the initiative to get started on what must be done, and the sense of urgency to keep at it so that you are finished in time for the weekend.
|In this 11-minute video, I share rituals I use to keep Scrappy in his cage while I start on my work. If you think you don’t have time to watch this, then it is all the more important that you do (if you must, play it a 2x speed).|
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