8 📓 Books + 🏠 Blog 9 Self-development 9 The 20 Second Rule

Today I learnt about the 20-second rule by Eric Barker. The idea is to reduce barriers to regular habits to ensure you can start them in under 20 seconds. He gives the example of wanting to play the guitar. But to play his guitar he had to remove it from the cupboard then remove it from its case which took more than 20 seconds. He then took the batteries out of his remote and put them in a cupboard in the kitchen.

This created a barrier to him watching TV as it would take more than 20 seconds to put the batteries in the remote. So the next time he sat down to watch TV he realised that he couldn’t easily switch the TV on, so he decided to pick up the guitar which he had placed in the lounge room on a guitar stand. Soon he started spending more time playing guitar and less time watching TV. If you want to get something done reduce the start time and you will be less likely to procrastinate and find something easier to do.