By James Clear - This article is an excerpt from Atomic Habits.
Recently, I’ve been following a simple rule that is helping me stop procrastinating and making it easier for me to stick to good habits at the same time.
I want to share it with you today so that you can try it out and see how it works in your life.
The best part? It's a simple strategy that couldn’t be easier to use.
Here’s what you need to know…
How to Stop Procrastinating With the “2-Minute Rule”
The Two-Minute Rule states:
You’ll find that nearly any habit can be scaled down into a two-minute version:
The idea is to make your habits as easy as possible to start.
Anyone can meditate for one minute, read one page, or put one item of clothing away. And, as we have just discussed, this is a powerful strategy because once you’ve started doing the right thing, it is much easier to continue doing it.
A new habit should not feel like a challenge. The actions that follow can be challenging, but the first two minutes should be easy. What you want is a “gateway habit” that naturally leads you down a more productive path.
You can usually figure out the gateway habits that will lead to your desired outcome by mapping out your goals on a scale from “very easy” to “very hard.”
For instance, running a marathon is very hard. Running a 5K is hard. Walking ten thousand steps is moderately difficult. Walking ten minutes is easy. And putting on your running shoes is very easy. Your goal might be to run a marathon, but your gateway habit is to put on your running shoes.
That’s how you follow the Two-Minute Rule........Read the full article on James' Website