The Monday Motivation Linky #2 – 11/09/17

How wonderful is this linky?  Motivation on Monday – something many of us need.

I love weekends but those Monday morning battles can leave me feeling wiped out and wanting nothing more than a sofa, a cuppa and some trash tv.  So how do we get ourselves up off that sofa and active?  Let’s be honest, we don’t really relax as we tend to sit and worry about the stuff we should be doing so why are we not doing it?

I have read soooooo many books and articles on productivity but they all work from the assumption that you are off the sofa and ready to do.  I needed something that started with me on the sofa, thinking about doing but then procrastinating.

I found it!

The 5 Second Rule

A fab book.  The 5 Second rule by Mel Robbins.*

5,4,3,2,1, Go - the 5 Second Rule #TheMMLinkyThe premise of this book is that when we think about what we need to do, our brain has a 5 second pause before it starts thinking of reasons why we should put it off, not do it or why it is a silly idea.

So, as you think of something you need to do, you say out loud “5..4..3..2..1..Go” and just go and do it.  The theory is that Go is an action word and it triggers the part of your brain that takes orders.  It also fills up that 5 second pause before we think of reasons not to do something.  In theory we have “got up and got going” before we have chance to think of a reason to postpone.

Now I will be honest, I first had this as an audiobook and sat listening as I was stuck in traffic with three children who had been asking “are we there yet?” for almost three hours.  I laughed out loud at the idea of such a simple idea.  However, my eldest son was sat listening (as his iPad was charging) and after explaining that the 5 second rule did not mean the food on floor 5 second rule, he was quite interested in what Mel Robbins had to say.  He’s such a literal boy, he liked the concept of something so simple.

We decided to try it.  So the next day when I mentioned getting dressed, he looked at me and said “5,4,3,2,1 Go” and off he went.  No argument, no hassle.  I would like to say this continued throughout the holiday but I would be lying but it has become a theme in the house – a bit like that “I’ll count to three” thing we’ve all done with our kids.

The following week I was sat in our garden looking at a stretch of lawn weeds I have been saying I will dig over and make into a flower bed.  I have been thinking about doing this for about a year.  We have a load of bricks I can use to make a bed and buckets of shingle to use there too.  I have the tools.  I just didn’t have the motivation to get off my butt and do it.

The book suddenly came to mind as I looked at the patch and suddenly I said “5,4,3,2,1,Go” and I got up and I did it!  Yes, it took a few hours and yes, every muscle hurt the next day but I did it.

So I decided to use it more.  I looked at my glasses cupboard – the one which has a million glasses we never use including some old McDonald plastic cups from when Ice Age was launched and all those water bottles without matching tops – and said “5,4,3,2,1,Go” and now the glasses cupboard is totally decluttered.

I have even used it for blog purposes.  I am really bad at having lots of ideas, even writing the ideas down, but not acting on them.  I suppose part of it comes from worrying what others will think.

The book talks about this and recommends that this is a really good time to use the 5 Second Rule.  When we know we’ve had self doubts about doing something because of what others may say, these are the tasks to really use the 5 Second Rule for.

So over the last few weeks I have been using it to get me off the sofa, away from just writing it down and actually doing it.  It’s worked for me and I am quite shocked at that.

I challenge you to give it a go this week.  Whenever you look at that pile of dishes, that dog hair covered carpet, that list of posts you want to write or think about that email you need to send, that call you need to make, just “5,4,3,2,1” it!

I’d love to hear if if works for you.

Join in with #TheMMLinky

Last week, we saw some really great posts shared.  I really loved the post about Girl Power from Ojo’s World and the post from Liberty Henwick “Forget keeping up with the Kardashians, how about at Home with the Henwicks” had me laughing out loud. Go and check out her “before and after” photo.

If you missed last week’s linked up posts, you can see them here.

If you have a motivational post for others, we’d love for you to share it.

There are just a couple of rules…
  • You can add up to two posts with a motivational, inspirational or positive theme. If you want, you can add one of your own and one you’ve seen elsewhere, but do tweet or message the author to let them know!).
  • Or, add a post from Instagram – a motivational or inspiring quote, perhaps.
  • Please comment on the host’s post, plus at least four other posts – one must be a post from one of the other hosts, and one must be the post before yours. 
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  • The linky will close for new submissions at 11 pm on Wednesday. 
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7 Responses

  1. Steph Curtis says:

    Great idea. I’ll be honest though, I just tried it and I’m still here procrastinating by reading blogs rather than write a VIL (letter). Groan. Can you tell it’s Monday?! Maybe I’d better read a few more #TheMMLinky posts… 😉
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  2. Works for my boys – I must try it for me!

  3. Thanks for the share, so delighted and guess what you have motivated me to write which is always a good thing! I love that 5 second rule idea and he audio idea is brilliant, thanks! 54321…Go I’m off to tackle the rest of the day 😀

    • Debs Aspland says:

      Really cannot wait to hear if it makes a difference. I can’t say it works every single time (some times the sofa just demands I stay put) but it certainly has worked on a number of occasions. She recommends initially trying it with your alarm clock, no more snooze. Hmmmmm, will think about that one!

  4. Anne says:

    I should really try this out, it does sound simple. My hubby needs something like this but I doubt it would work, he never does anything when first asked, he’s worse than the kids!

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