Improvement Pill here.
I wanted to make more Q&A videos.
So I asked you guys about what sort of issues you are facing
and what the most popular suggestion was about procastination.
How do we get ourselves to do the things that
we know we have to do?
And I think a great answer to this problem
is actually one of the few things that I learned in my short college career
that has stuck with me till this very day.
It’s something that is also taught in a military
and it’s called the Six P’s.
And it stands for prior, planning
避免 零星 不好的 结果
prevents, piss, poor, performance.
Now, on the surface, this catchy little phrase sounds
rather simple and self-explanatory.
But there’s actually a lot of wisdom in it.
And to be more specific, there are three powerful lessons
that we can learn from the Six P’s.
The first lesson is that if we physically prepare for something,
it will make it significantly easier to go ahead and do it.
Let me explain.
So let’s say for example, we want to make “going to the gym” into a habit,
but we’ve been having a lot of issues taking this routine.
Some days we wake up feeling tired and unmotivated
and we just can’t get ourselves to go to the gym.
Here’s where the Six P’s come in.
We can physically prepare beforehand
by wearing our gym clothes to bed.
Why would we wanna do this?
因为研究表明 穿上运动衣 走出家门
Well, studies have found that it actually requires more will power and mental energy
to put on your gym clothes and walk out the front door to go to the gym
than the actual workout that takes place at the gym.
And this is because putting on your gym clothes
requires you to make a decision:
should I go to the gym today?
It’s this decision that give us the hardest time. Right?
We never have an issue lifting weights at the gym when we already there.
We basically do that automatically.
That issue has always been convincing are lazy
起床 穿上运动衣去健身房 才是易怠惰的
as to get out of the bed to put on our gym clothes and to go to the gym.
If we wear our gym clothes to bed,
we are basically making the decision
to go to the gym the night before.
So, we don’t have to spend nearly
as much mental energy in the morning,
which makes going to the gym much easier.
Prior planning prevents piss poor performance.
The second lesson we can get from the Six P’s is that
by doing certain things today, will prevent problems down the line.
Some people might be thinking: “Yeah, that’s common sense.
My issue is that even though I know,
I’ll have problems down the line. I still don’t do the things I have to do”.
Well, the reason this happens is because you don’t face these problems properly.
What do I mean by this?
Well, I have a couple of friends who
always complain about not having enough money.
And the funny thing is
every single one of them has told me that
they have a hard time checking their bank account.
They do everything in their power to avoid
looking at how little money they have left.
And this is because looking at their balance makes them feel bad.
They don’t want to face their problem.
Why is simply facing,
taking a good look at your problem so effective?
Well, Gleck Joe actually told a story about
how he keeps as little money as possible in his active bank account,
so that it always looks and feels like he’s about to go broke.
So, every time he looks at his balance,
every time he faces his problems,
he is overcome with anxiety.
He then uses that to motivate himself to work hard and make more money.
That’s the powerful thing about facing your problems.
It causes anxiety. It causes fear.
And fear is without a doubt
one of the most motivating factors out there. Right?
If I held a gun to your head,
and I told you to stop procastinating and finishing your work right now,
I guarantee that you do it immediately.
Now, you’re probably wondering: “Well, what’s the most effective way to activate this fear?”
Well, it’s all about visualizing.
You need to sit down and really imagine
what it would be like if you didn’t stop procrastinating.
Be a bit nagative and assume the worst case scenario
and those sounds a bit complicated.
So let’s run through an example together.
Let’s say you want to start some sort of online business,
but you’ve been puting it off for a month.
What would happen if you didn’t start working on that business today?
Well, the fact of the matter is every single day you wait,
more and more people are going to find success online.
This means whatever market you’re trying to get into
is getting more and more saturated by the minute.
You have less and less of a chance of succeeding.
This means you will be stuck working that 9-5 job you hate so much.
Focus in on how that makes you feel.
Think about how much you currently hate your job.
Think about what annoys you the most during work.
Do you feel bad because you know that you met for so much more?
Do you feel it’s negative side of effects on your diet and health?
What about your social life?
Is it making you a miserable person to be around?
What would it be like to have to work there for another five years?
If you are in a situation like this,
and you do this visualization exercise
properly for at least ten minutes,
you should start to feel some sort of anxiety building up within you,
you should feel like you need to take action right now
in order to make sure this terrible scenario doesn’t happen.
And that’s basically the gist of how visualizing your problems work.
Prior planning prevents piss poor performance.
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Now, the final lesson that the Six P’s teaches us is that
by actually laying out the plans of what we want to do,
we’ll be more likely to get things accomplished.
What do I mean by this?
Well, our brain is kind of like a horse.
If there’s no one riding the horse, if we don’t give it any directions,
it will just roam around doing whatever it wants.
You’ve probably noticed this before in your own life.
If you have no plans for the following day,
you most likely just bomb around on autopilot doing whatever.
Now, this brings up the question of, well,
how exactly should we give our horse directions,
how should we lay out and plan ahead?
Well there are tons of different ways to do so.
But I’ll share with you what I find to be the most effective.
As some of you guys already know,
I use white boards to organize a large part of my life.
One of these boards is what I’d like to call the to-do board,
basically what I plan on doing the next day and
I almost always finish everything on this board.
Mainly because I stick to a couple of fundamental rules.
The first rule is that I only put a maximum of three things on the board.
Sometimes I even do just one or two things.
If I can complete whatever is on the board,
that means I’ve accomplished all the work I need to do and I can relax.
如果我还想做别的的话 就看自己了 但我一般会继续的
If I want to do more work, that’s up to me and oftentimes I do.
But the reason I put so few things on the board,
is because I want to make “completing the board” into a habit.
If you have too many tasks,
you’re gonna find it very hard to complete the entire board every single day.
Maybe you’ll do so for a week.
But chances are your strict won’t last very long.
By lowing your standards and only putting on a few things on the board,
you can develop this habit much easier.
And once the habit is logged in,
it starts to feel extremely uncomfortable
when you think about not completing the board and
you can use that feeling to your advantage.
The second rule I have is to use chunking
which essentially breaking big tasks down into tiny parts.
For example, I won’t put something like
“finish video for next Saturday” on the white board.
Because it will take me around ten hours of non-stop work just to be able to pull this off.
When you present your brain of such a big challenge,
it’s not gonna want to do it.
It seems way too hard, so you procrastinate.
And you say “hey, we’ll just do this later”,
instead of put something like “write the rough draft”
which is something that I know I can get down in about an hour.
This is a much less challenging info in the eyes of my brain.
And because of this, it seems no reasons to push it aside.
Because it knows we can easily get this done right then and there.
So remember guys, if you’re having issues of procrastination,
prior planning prevents piss poor performance.
The Six P’s teaches us that we should physically prepare ourselves
for things that we have to do the next day
in order to make it easier to accomplish,
and also teaches us that we should sit down and face our problems head on,
visualize the consequences of not doing the things you know you have to do,
in order to generate fear and anxiety as forms of motivation.
And finally, it teaches us that by planning out exactly
what we want to accomplish tomorrow,
it will give our brain some directions to running.
We should stick to chunking and only try to hit a small amount of goals
in order to make this into a habit and
let’s say guys, prior planning prevents piss poor performance.