- Plan your day the night before.
- Visualize having a successful day!
- Employ the Five-Second Rule.
- Use 15-Minute Sprints
“The 5-Second Rule is simple. If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.”This was like a lightning bolt for me! I know, all too well, what it feels like to know that I should get up and do something but to instead sit there and think of all the reasons why I shouldn’t or what else I could do. This is especially true when we choose “noble” things over things we really ought to be doing. I’m really good at praying when I ought to be cleaning or cleaning when I ought to be spending some time with the children. So the five-second rules says that we have about five seconds from the moment an idea pops into our mind about something that we ought to do before our brain starts talking us out of doing that thing. We have five seconds before our brain starts to tell us, “We can do that later.” Robins recommends that we don’t even let our brain have a say. As soon as we know we’re supposed to be doing something, we say, 5-4-3-2-1 (a la astronaut count down) and we get up and immediately begin doing the thing. Check out the book, the TedTalk, or the article I linked above to read more about this awesome idea! Last is, the fifteen-minute sprint! It can be easy to be overwhelmed by the length of our To-Do list but I find that most of the things I have to do are small. They take less than 15 minutes to do. I will spend a great deal of time fretting about doing these things when I could have actually just DONE them in less time. What I do to take advantage of the 15-minute sprint is that I try to turn everything I do into a game. Can I fold all the laundry in 15 minutes? I once folded 3 baskets of laundry in 15 minutes, no joke! I was ridiculously pleased with myself. How much can you get done in 15 minutes? You know you’re capable of amazing things because when you get a call that your mother-in-law is stopping by in 15 minutes, you can Wonder-Woman-tidy your house like WWIII depended on it. I find that this strategy works even better if you have a list of things you can do in 15 minutes. If you have a go-to list that you’ve already written up, when you find this piece of time, you can quickly scan the list, pick something out (employ the 5 second rule) and do it! So while this might seem more like a housecleaning article than a Lenten article, keep in mind, my Lent is focused on serving my household. I will be cleaning, organizing, and spending time with my family whether I feel like it or not. I plan to use all four of these strategies to stay focused on what God has asked me to do and to not let myself get in the way!
Which one of the four strategies do you plan to try out this week?
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Sterling Jay is a Catholic life coach. She is a wife and unschooling mom of 6 young children and lives in Boise, Idaho. She is a co-host of the Made For Greatness podcast. As an adult convert, she loves sharing her passion for the faith. She believes Catholic moms can change the world! Learn more at MadeForGreatness.co. See her books on Amazon!