3 words to kill PROCRASTINATION forever!
Have you ever procrastinated? You knew that you needed to do something but you simply didn’t do it?
Or maybe you started doing something else that felt more comfortable and easy instead of the thing that you needed to do the most?
Don’t worry, I believe all of us have made that mistake sometimes.
However, today I’ll give you 2 powerful tools that can help you to kill procrastination immediately. I’ve learned these from Jim Rohn’s teaching.
1. Break It Down
Now let’s say that you’ve joined Wealthy Affiliate and you are starting Kyle’s step-by-step training on how to make money online with affiliate marketing.
Your dream of making a living from your laptop and enjoying the freedom is clear in your mind but learning the steps and actually applying the knowledge may feel like a daunting task.
How to make this easier for yourself?
Just remember 3 words: BREAK IT DOWN
There are 5 levels in the Online Entrepreneur Certification Training in Wealthy Affiliate. Each level has 10 lessons. 50 lessons in total. Some of them are faster, some of them take a bit longer.
If I’d ask you to finish all those 50 lessons, I know that for most people it would sound too hard. The hard reality is that 91% of the people who buy any online courses never finish them.
But what if I told you to finish only one lesson in 2 days and continue it for 100 days? You’d finish the whole Online Entrepreneur Certification course in 100 days.
I know that for a lot of people that still sounds pretty hard because committing for 100 days sounds scary for them.
What if I’d told you to finish only one lesson in the next 2 days, Could you do it?
Many people will say yes but some people might still hesitate.
What if I’d told you to finish 1 task in Kyle’s lesson today? (For example, watch the tutorial video that takes 20 minutes) And then another task tomorrow? (=Apply what you learned in another lesson). Would it sound easier?
If that still sounds too hard, what if I’d ask you just to open Kyle’s lesson and click “Play” on the video. Could you do that?
Could you then watch Kyle’s video until he gives you a task to do and you click “Pause” and do it? I believe that everyone can do that.
Then you just repeat that process over and over again:
1. Click “Play”.
2. Listen to the lesson using your ears.
3. Click “Pause” once Kyle gives a task to do.
4. Do the task.
5. Tap the box in "Tasks" section under the lesson to mark that you've finished it.
6. Give yourself a pat on the back for accomplishing the lesson.
7. Move to the next lesson.
Continue that click-by-click process until you’ve finished each lesson. If you ever need help or you get stuck, do this:
1. Click the discussion box under the lesson.
2. Type your question using your fingers.
3. Add “?” at the end of your question.
4. Click the button “Yes, I need help from the community”.
5. Wait for 5 minutes because +95% of the questions in WA are answered in less than 5 minutes.
What do you think? Does this sound much more manageable than a daunting task of finishing the whole training?
If something feels scary just BREAK IT DOWN.
You can apply this to anything:
1. Building your website
2. Building a YouTube channel.
3. Writing a blog post
Just Break. The Task. Down.
How Do I Apply This for YouTube?
Currently, I have 650+ videos on my YouTube channel. That's a lot but still not enough because channels that have over 100,000 subscribers have on average 1,100 videos and channels that have over 1,000,000 subscribers have on average 3,800 videos.
Creating 3,800 videos sounds daunting... So I break it down.
- Click the button on my camera (or laptop) to delete old videos so there's enough space to record the new ones.
Is clicking a button easy enough? Yes. And that makes progress.
- Put my camera ready for recording.
- Put the lights to their places for recording.
- Tap to "Turn On" the lights.
- Sit down on a chair.
- Click record.
Now I'm ready to record if I have a script/idea already.
See? You don't need to focus on a big goal.
You simply focus on what you want to do right now.
How to Build a Wall?
When Will Smith was a kid, his father had a shop and for some reason, he wanted to have a new wall in front of his shop.
Will's father gave him and his brother a task to build this wall just by themselves. Every day after school Will and his brother did this...
They laid one brick after another.
And eventually, they had a perfect wall.
Will Smith teaches that you build a wall by focusing on laying one brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.
You'll do that every day and soon you'll have a wall.
See? You can apply this "Break It Down" principle with everything.
Because this post starts to become quite long, I decided to save the next tool to kill procrastination for my next post.
Stay tuned! I’ll publish it in a couple of days!
- Roope “Break it down” Kiuttu
PS. Now I'd love to hear from you.
How can YOU apply this principle when you are learning new skills?
How can you apply this when you are working on your online business?
Share with us in the comments below because when you share, you'll more likely apply it and take action.