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Harnessing the siren call of busy work

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Andy Black

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May 20, 2014
Harnessing the siren call of busy work

I'm no expert at this stuff, but here's how I make use of urges to do the busy work that doesn't move the needle:


You're trying to improve your life, and that means making changes.

There's a part of you that doesn't like change, even if it's in your interest.

Let's call it your lizard-brain. It's there to keep you out of danger, and can't see beyond it's nose. It likes the comfort of where you are now (even if you're sitting on a nail), and fears the unknown of where you want to go.

Imagine that fearful part of your sub-concious watching what you're doing.

It has access to all your plans, and ambitions. It doesn't want you to succeed. It wants you to stay right where you are.

It's goal is to sabotage your efforts to improve your life.

When you're about to take an important step towards your goals, this lizard-brain of yours freaks out and sends you a message to do something different... like check facebook, do some chores, or surf for a while.

Somehow, your lizard-brain can distinguish between actions that are going to move you from your current situation and actions that are not.

Maybe it's even better than you are at distinguishing these "threats" to your current situation.


Why not use your lizard-brain's fear to your advantage?

Whenever you have that tingly feeling urging you to distract yourself, why don't you see it as a big sign that what your about to do is going to move your forward?

See it as your lizard-brain telling you your next action is important to your success.

Show your lizard-brain who's really driving.

Use that distraction urge and double-down even harder on the task at hand.

(Originally posted here.)
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