James Clear

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Articles by James:

    How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the “2-Minute Rule”

    Procrastination

    Recently, I’ve been following a simple rule that is helping me crush procrastination and making it easier for me to stick to good habits at the same time.

    I want to share it with you today so that you can try it out and see how it works in your life.

    The best part? It’s a simple strategy that couldn’t be easier to use.

    Here’s what you need to know…

    How to Stop Procrastinating With the “2–Minute Rule”

    I call this little strategy the “2–Minute Rule” and the goal is to make it easier for you to get started on the things you should be doing.

    Here’s the deal…

    Most of the tasks that you procrastinate on aren’t actually difficult to do — you have the talent and skills to accomplish them — you just avoid starting them for one reason or another.

    The 2–Minute Rule overcomes procrastination and laziness by making it so easy to start taking action that you can’t say no.

    There are two parts to the 2–Minute Rule…

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    You Get 25,000 Mornings as an Adult: Here are 8 Ways to Not Waste Them

    Morning

    You’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few.

    According to a report from the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy in the United States is 79 years old. Most people in wealthy nations are hovering around the 80–year mark. Women in Japan are the highest, with an average life expectancy of 86 years.

    If we use these average life expectancy numbers and assume that your adult life starts at 18 years old, then you’ve got about 68 years as an adult. (86 – 18 = 68) Perhaps a little less on average. A little more if you’re lucky.

    (68 years as an adult) x (365 days each year) = 24,820 days.

    25,000 mornings.

    That’s what you get in your adult life. 25,000 times you get to open your eyes, face the day, and decide what to do next. I don’t know about you, but I’ve let a lot of those mornings slip by.

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