How the '5 Second Rule' can help you fight the urge to procrastinate

Procrastination is a trap we all fall into sometimes. It's natural to want to delay an unpleasant though necessary task in favor of doing something more enjoyable. Chronic procrastination however is a self-sabotaging behavior that reduces productivity. It can also lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression, and self-doubt, which then create a vicious cycle of further procrastination, additional stress and increased anxiety. The key to breaking this cycle is to create a more helpful one to replace it. Even the smallest action towards starting a task can make you feel like you're making progress, which in turn spurs you on to continue making progress. In this article, Carol Sankar shares how Mel Robbins' approach can help you take action to bootstrap your progress and break the procrastination cycle.

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