有史以来最好的拖延症贴士

前言:这篇文章在“译言”这个category,本意是想翻译FMCG行业观察,然后做成一个系列的。奈何专业文章翻译得索然无味,最近http://zenhabits.net这个哥们儿的文章又让我提起了翻译的兴致。尽管孤居彭城,然后诗书作伴,也是幸事。

原文链接:http://zenhabits.net/tada/

当你看到这篇文章,脑海中闪过的念头可能是——我来晚了。但当你觉得晚了的时候,恰恰是最早的时候。让我们一起来修习吧!尽管它会花费你两分钟的时间,但它带给你的改变会节约你大量的时间。我之前曾写过终止拖延症的书,现在我又发现了一个简单易行的办法来解决这个问题。开始尝试吧!

首先,确定你今天要做的事情中最重要的一件。接着,开始着手做这件事,哪怕只做小小的一部分。万事开头难,迈出第一步意义深长。

撇开分心的事物。不再想其他任何事物,这周遭只有你和你手上的事情。

坐下来,全神贯注于迈出第一步。

不离自性。你可能急于去检查邮箱、刷微博,或是玩游戏、打电话,以及其他的事情,警惕这些欲望。

端坐如常。你只需警惕这些欲望,任它们去吧。欲望来势勇猛,但一会儿就褪去,如波浪一般。

同时警惕你的大脑,它可能试图指挥你不做手上的工作,让这些自生的杂念流逝吧。

而今你只需要迈出第一步。

迈出第一步,剩下的就是水到渠成。

 

Your first thought as you look at this article will be, “I’ll read this later.”

But don’t. Let the urge to switch to a new task pass. Read this now.

It’ll take you two minutes. It’ll save you countless hours.

I’ve written the book on ending procrastination, but I’ve since come up with a very simple technique for beating everyone’s favorite nemesis. It is incredibly easy, but as with anything, it takes a little practice.

Try it now:

Identify the most important thing you have to do today.

Decide to do just the first little part of it — just the first minute, or even 30 seconds of it. Getting started is the only thing in the world that matters.

Clear away distractions. Turn everything off. Close all programs. There should just be you, and your task.

Sit there, and focus on getting started. Not doing the whole task, just starting.

Pay attention to your mind, as it starts to have urges to switch to another task. You will have urges to check email or Facebook or Twitter or your favorite website. You will want to play a game or make a call or do another task. Notice these urges.

But don’t move. Notice the urges, but sit still, and let them pass. Urges build up in intensity, then pass, like a wave. Let each one pass.

Notice also your mind trying to justify not doing the task. Also let these self-rationalizing thoughts pass.

Now just take one small action to get started. As tiny a step as possible.

Get started, and the rest will flow.

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