Jerry, James & Kelly Help Us Get Things Done

I try to make at least on post a week. As with all things, sometimes other things take priority but I know I want to get things done. This week, I was having trouble because I had stayed up late and was tired. I remedied the situation by remembering advice I got from Jerry Seinfeld. Then I remembered the 10 Minute Rule recommended by James Clear and Kelly McGonigal. This post is the result of that strategy.

I am fan of James and Kelly’s work and I am also a HUGE fan of Jerry Seinfeld. I am excited the shows will be shown in Netflix. I often say, everything I wanted to know I learned watching Seinfeld. With my colleagues at work, we used to always come up with a scene from Seinfeld to support a work situation. Jerry helps us know we need to be rested. Below is his bit and after that is a longer interview and how sleep relates to willpower.

Well that is amusing, but how do we get things done. Kelly McGonigal, PhD gives us a strategy, “The 10 Minute Rule” in her book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. James Clear shares the same strategy in his book, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.

The 10 minute Rule, as shown in the video below, helps get things done. As they explain, the ten minute negotiates what you do. Here is how it works. If you know you have a paper to write or presentation to prepare, or anything you need to do, but want to procrastinate, use the 10 minute rule. You use it by saying, “I will do the project I am avoiding for 10 minutes (set a timer) and if at the end of the 10 minutes you still don’t want to do it, give your permission to put it off. Either way, at least you will have done 10 minutes of things that need to be completed and you may find you get into and get it completed. It is remarkably helpful.

Please give it a shot and let me know how it works. I am interested in hearing how you are able to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits, at least for 10 minutes. This can help you make it a great day and week.


Craig Becker

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Mindset Research – Amazing Presentation

I am reading Kelly McGonigal’s book, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It. So far it is great. I will post more about her great work soon – I am still reading – this post, however, is about the work of Dr. Alia Crum. Her amazing work focuses on Mindset. Kelly McGonigal cites her often in her book so I looked up Dr. Crum.

Below is Dr. Crum’s TED Presentation: Change Your Mindset, Change the Game. She explains how our belief actually changes our physiological reality, not just our mind. She even documents how our mind can alter our feelings associated with the ingestion of food based on what we believe we are eating. Much of this has to do with the placebo effect. Enjoy, I will post again as I learn more.

Dr. Crum’s excellent work on Mindset builds on Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset work she outlined in her TED Presentation and her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. You can get more information about Dr. Dweck’s ideas on this post here.

Getting back to Kelly McGonigal, I am reading her book after seeing and posting here about her fantastic TED presentation, Stress Can Improve Your Health – see below.

By the way, did you know Kelly is one of the amazing identical twins? Her twin sister, Jane McGonigal is the author of SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient and Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.

Books by both of these professionals are excellent. Most useful in both their books is their excellent use of existing research to support their unique hypotheses in all their books about how to be better and foster improved results.

Of course I love this work because they provide great information about how to practice paneugenesis or how to generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

I have already posted many times about Jane’s work, if you are interested you can access those posts here, here, and here.  I look forward to learning more and hearing about how you use these ideas in your life. Enjoy!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker