The 5 Second Rule – Beat procrastination in your studies

“When you feel yourself hesitate before doing something that you know you should do, count 5-4-3-2-1-GO and move towards action.” – Mel Robbins

Included within the Semester Student Planner are a variety of #growth hacks, which are tools we believe to be very valuable to help with both your wellbeing and personal growth.

We have many years’ experiences in this field and we also share ideas from some of the best coaches in the industry. The great news is, we put all of these together in the Semester Student Planner in bitesize chunks for you to learn and to support you on your own student journey.

 ‘The 5 second rule’, was a book written by Mel Robbins. She explained that she first started using this rule as a way of getting out of bed at a time that was both difficult for her and her family.

The technique is said to stop allowing our mind to create all those reasons not to act. It is to try and stop those fears, doubts, and emotions that can cause us to overthink, procrastinate, or simply not take action.

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We all have those moments. The moments where our motivation is lacking. The times when we keep putting things off. You know your assignment is due but yet you find your brain giving you all the reasons why you should put off working on it for another day.

“The 5-second rule is simple. If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.

Essentially, the purpose of the 5-second rule is to break our thought pattern whilst making a decision.

Mel explains that when we come across ‘no-brainer’ decisions like jumping into a pool to rescue a drowning child, we are driven by our ‘fast thinking’ part of the brain. We are driven by the emotional part of the brain and rather than over-analysing the situation… we just dive in (Quite literally). However, when given time to ponder on decisions, our brain can overthink, put things off and essentially do the opposite. Sometimes some ‘fast thinking’ can be hugely beneficial in supporting our decision making. Especially when it comes to getting things done! It is more of a ‘do it now’ way of thinking and we are keen to promote taking action. The Semester Student Planner is designed to get you taking action!

There are so many other examples we could list and the areas this method can be applied varies. Think about how this may apply to your studies or even your general life (I.E STOP hitting that snooze button!). The next time you find yourself in that situation, just count 5,4,3,2,1 and go… take action before procrastination sets in and see if this growth hack can support you.

If you want more great personal growth and wellbeing tips then check out the rest of our blogs, as well as our personal growth and wellbeing handbook. If you want some short, snappy bitesize chunks of wisdom, then the Semester Student Planner is filled with tools to support you on your student journey.


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