The Procrastinator’s Survival Guide — Using The 40% Rule

Procratinator’s survival guide — Tip #1

Dearest Gianna,

I can see it already.

You’ve got the procrastinator’s gene, undoubtedly passed on by me.

And I know it’s from me and not Mom because Mom starts buying Christmas gifts in October.

How do I know you’re a procrastinator?

One example is that asking you to get dressed takes about 3 or 4 asks before it actually gets done.

This means that when it’s just you and me needing to go somewhere (and no Mom), it’s practically guaranteed that we’re gonna be late.

I don’t know how many times we’ve been late to your piano lessons even though it’s only a 5 minute drive away.

Now I’m not gonna try sit here and try and show you how to change something that I can’t even change myself.

That’s like the blind leading the blind and besides, I have a theory that procrastination is hard coded into our brains.

So what I am going to do is try and show you how to deal with procrastinating and to not only survive, but thrive.

The 40% Rule

One of the most impactful things I’ve been learning about lately is a concept from the Navy Seals called The 40% Rule.

It’s a psychological mindshift that helps you achieve more, the way Navy Seals can do superhuman things even though they’re made of flesh and blood just like you and me.

The way I understand is it’s like this:

When you deeply and truly feel like you’re done, and can physically and mentally go no further — you’re really actually only 40% done.

It blew my mind when I first learned about the 40% rule, but when I thought about it, it made sense.

Most of us in civilian life are flat out lazy.

We may think we’re doing a lot, but in actuality we’re not reaching our full potential.

How many times do we hear people complain about how tired they are or how they have so much to do?

How their life is so hard, but then when you take a step back and look at it, it’s just….normal.

Anyways, I can go on and on about it but I’m sure what you really want to know is how I use it for my procrastinating.

Stop Being Tired

I too am guilty of the tiredness syndrome.

What usually happens when I procrastinate is that when I finally get around to (washing the dishes, vacuuming, filling out important forms, or) whatever it is I have to do - I’m tired.

Which then means that those semi-important things that need to be done soon get put off for another day.

But after learning about The 40% Rule?

Now I push that tiredness away.

I tell myself that I’m actually not tired, that it’s just a mental barrier that my brain has put up for myself so I stay comfortable.

I imagine a Navy Seal pushing on doing what needs to be done and I say, “if other human beings have the mental toughness to go through hell week and do all the things that they do, this should be a piece of cake.”

And now important things get done in a (semi-)timely manner.

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