Trick procrastination using Metacognition!
We've now talked a lot about something called Procrastination.
In the previous article, I've told you how to cope up with your limbic to get rid of procrastination.
Today we will all discuss a lot about something known as the Metacognition.
In very simplified terms, metacognition is 'thinking about thinking'.
Now I know that's a bit weird and hard to understand.
Let us understand metacognition in another way.
You all (or rather we all) eat, sleep, sing, dance, run, play, study and do all the everyday human beingly stuff. We know that we are doing something. We are aware of our surroundings and what we are doing.
This is metacognition. Knowing about your own thoughts is metacognition.
Now, what does metacognition have to do with procrastination?
To understand this we must again have to switch to the working of our brain.
Now when our basal ganglia make us procrastinate, somewhere within us we realize that we are gonna procrastinate.
This realization that we are gonna procrastinate is metacognition.
Now we know what metacognition is, and we also know that these all processes occur within a few seconds.
So, how to outsmart the brain in such a short period of time?
Actually, you can.
Our brain has a region known as the prefrontal cortex which controls all our decisions we make.
To outsmart our limbic, we need to activate our prefrontal cortex.
That simple! Right?
The answer is, Kinda yes!!
We can trick our brain to get rid of the tricks that our brain plays on us.
The 5 Second Rule.
Before talking about this "Golden Rule" we must know about hesitation. Whenever we procrastinate, we actually hesitate to do the work that we actually must do. This hesitation not only exists while procrastinating but also exists when we do something very important like signing a legal document, or something very dangerous like peeping from the terrace of a multistory building.
This hesitation is actually important for our survival. What our brain wants is
Now it's actually good to hesitate in some situations like doing something bad (probably betraying someone or suiciding etc.). But hesitating to speak in that meeting, hesitate to make that great decision, hesitating to get out of the bed in the morning etc. are all examples of hesitating when there is no need to d so.
Now lets jump on to the 5 Second Rule.
The 5-second rule is based upon the short window of time when your brain starts to hesitate and makes any action.
This 5-second window is only the time you've got to do something your way or let your brain take over you.
How to use this rule, it's simple.
Whenever you start to hesitate when you shouldn't or to be on topic, whenever you realize that you are gonna procrastinate, just count backwards from 5 to 1.
Yes, counting from 5 to 1. It is as simple as that.
Now counting backwards seems to be the most stupid thing to do. But there is science behind this.
When you count backwards, your brain has to focus as it is not as easy as counting normally for your brain. To focus, the prefrontal cortex must be activated. Therefore preventing you from procrastination and hesitation.
So whenever you feel like "I will do that assignment later"
just COUNT 5-4-3-2-1 and work.
You feel like "It would cost nothing not going to the gym for a day" just COUNT 5-4-3-2-1 and hit the gym.
This best thing about this rule is that there is nothing fancy here. You only have to count backwards from 5 to 1. This simplicity of this rule makes it so effective.
Now the Credits for the 5-Second Rule goes to Mel Robbins.
Mel Robbins is an American on-air CNN commentator, a life coach and a motivational speaker.
She is also the author of the great book The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage.
Mel is such a great speaker that I personally recommend all you readers to listen to her on YouTube.
If you wish to buy this great book to actually master this rule,
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