There’s nothing worse for our motivation than not following through on our plans. It’s one of those sentences that you will read and most probably say “Well yeah obviously”. Yet more and more often we procrastinate and end up with things getting side-lined, then those side-lines things become a distant memory. All is not lost however, we can make these occurrences less and less just by following the “15 Minute Rule”
It’s really simple, if you don’t feel like doing whatever you had planned today? (Gym Session/Blog Post/Dog Walk/Insert Here) Bury that feeling deep and just go and do 15 minutes of said task. Once those 15 minutes are up if you feel like doing another 15 minutes then great! If not, then by all means stop.
The whole principle behind this is when we don’t start something it ultimately becomes harder and harder for us to start it in the future. However, when we do start something, even for a short period of time, it’s normally just as easy for us to continue as it is to stop. Why? Because we’re already there!!!
Try it! Next time you get that feeling “Oh I’m not doing XYZ today” try saying this instead “I’m not really feeling like it, but I’ll at least try 15 minutes at XYZ”. Of course XYZ can be anything, just give it a go.