In fact, it is so short, you could probably finish it in ten minutes! But that was always the goal - after all, jumpstarts should be quick.
The premise behind writing the Ten Minute Jumpstart was to share a technique I use when I know I am procrastinating, and need a quick boost to get things done.
What is procrastination?
In its modern interpretation, procrastination is the act of avoiding or delaying taking action. A typical example of procrastination are those lazy Sundays spent on the couch in our pyjamas binge-watching Netflix, when we know we have other important tasks to attend to.
If we break down the roots of the word procrastination, we can see that it does not always have to be a dirty word:
Pro – meaning to advance, or move forward (i.e. provide, program, protect, progress etc). You get the idea, all of these words support action and doing.
Crastinus – Latin for “belonging to tomorrow”.
Putting something off until tomorrow can be quite useful, especially if an important decision needs more time to be contemplated. But the key here is that action is still being taken, as the mind continues to dwell on the task. This is good procrastination.
E.g. The president procrastinated as to whether or not he should give the order to invade [INSERT COUNTRY], as he needed more time to consider the consequences. After a good night's sleep and much thought, he decided not to invade [INSERT COUNTRY], and played a round of golf instead.
However, more often than not, we put things of until tomorrow because we do not want to contemplate them. This is bad procrastination.
E.g. Chad knew he needed to spend a few hours on his homework, but the first episode of season 23 of Game of Thrones was about to start. He decided to start his coursework some other time.
How to overcome bad procrastination
This is in essence what the 10 Minute Jumpstart aims to help you with. The method is quick, and you can use it straight away. Like jumpstarting a car, it’s not something you will need to do every day; only when you find your own batteries running flat.
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