The First Sip
Hey Sunday Brewers!
Procrastination at its finest…
The shocking truth about adult reading levels…
…and $72 million worth of graveyard paychecks.
It’s all inside…
While I typically lead off with a motivational story about something someone else is doing to be a #ForceForGood in this world…
Today, I want to zoom out and celebrate what’s been happening on a grander scale.
Because according to a brand new survey, 74% of people say 2020 made them more aware of the needs of others.
In the process, 3 out of 4 people have become more selfless than ever before.
The study also found that 87% of people have donated a portion of their earnings over the past year (even while 3 out of 5 experienced financial difficulties).
Here are some of the top ways people were selfless in 2020:
⏰ Volunteered time – 50%
💲 Donated money to charity – 48%
🚶♂️ Helped a stranger across the street – 41%
🚮 Took out a neighbor’s trash – 39%
❄️ Shoveled a neighbor’s drive – 38%
📞 Reached out to a friend – 32%
🛒 Bought something for a stranger – 19%
It’s been a tough year for many, but that light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.
Thank you for doing your part to be a #ForceForGood 👏 👏 👏
1 Caffeinated Neurohack
There are two groups of people in this world:
2) Recovering Procrastinators
Procrastination is basically an emotional battle that takes place between two parts of your brain anytime there’s an unpleasant activity or labor-intensive task on your to-do list.
It’s an all-out brawl between two competitors 🤜 🧠 🥊
In the near-corner of the ring, you have the limbic system (the “pleasure center”)
In the far-corner, there’s the prefrontal cortex (your “internal planner”)
When the limbic system is victorious, the task gets put off for another day ❌
When the prefrontal cortex wins, the work gets done ✅
If you want to stop procrastination in its tracks, I have one sure-fire hack that works almost 100% of the time.
The trick is simple:
Commit to doing the task for just 5 minutes.
This is known as a micro-commitment.
It makes a much larger task seem more digestible and less intimidating.
And once you start working on the task, you typically find a groove and end up working much longer than 5 minutes.
Once you feel tired, take a break.
Then commit to 5 more minutes.
Do this enough times and you’ll train your brain to view big tasks as nothing more than a collection of manageable sub-tasks.
☕ TL;DR: To override procrastination, commit to doing the task for just 5 minutes.
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Enjoy your Sunday,