As I’ve mentioned before in this blog, I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator. I can’t remember when it started, or if it’s always been like that. I do know, however, that it’s always caused me a lot of stress and anxiety. Procrastinating can be a good thing in smaller doses, but when it gets out of control as in my case it can really be devastating. I am always on the look-out for new ideas and techniques to try out, and I recently stumbled across the “No More Zero Days“-app when browsing around on Google Play. It’s more than just an app though, it’s a method, an idea, a philosophy. Some even see it as a lifestyle. It all started with a reddit comment from the redditor ryans01 – you can find the post right here. There are four rules or guidelines to No More Zero Days, let’s dive into it.
Rule #1 – There are No More Zero Days
There are no more zero days. What’s a zero day? A zero day is when you do nothing towards whatever your dreams or goals are. This stops now. It doesn’t mean you have to write an entire report or essay every day, the point is that you have to make yourself, promise yourself, that the new you is embracing a non-zero mindset. It’s 11:58 PM and you haven’t done a single thing today? Write one line. Do one push-up. Read one page of that chapter. Just one. Because one is still more than zero. You see? When you’re way down in the depths of procrastination, it’s the hardest thing in the world to change. Your mind wants to keep procrastinating because it takes zero effort to do so. Turning into a productivity master-mind doesn’t happen overnight. It only happens from a consistent string of non-zero days. That’s rule number one.
Rule #2 – Be Grateful to the Three You’s
Say what now? The three you’s? It’s very simple. There’s the past you, the present you and the future you. The key to loving someone and getting as much love back is to first of all love yourself. Be grateful to the past you for all the positive things you’ve done. And just as important, treat the future you by doing positive things today that will help you, tomorrow. This can be a small thing, like choosing to have a healthy dinner instead of picking up McDonald’s, or putting 25 dollars you found in your wallet into a savings account instead of spending it on crap. This cycle of doing something for someone else, in this case the future you, as well as thanking someone, the past you, is a great way of building gratitude and productivity. In time, show others who help you out the same gratitude you show yourself.
Rule #3 – Forgive Yourself
Being able to forgive your past you is a very important aspect to changing your future you. If you constantly blaim yourself for the things you never got done, for what you should have done you are killing your productivity. You are filling your mind with negativity and frustration. Did you do your absolute best and tried to not have a zero day, but failed? No big deal, setbacks are to be expected no matter what you do. Forgive your past you and instead focus on doing better today, for the future you! Forgiveness is a crucial tool, both in improving yourself and in helping others around you.
Rule #4 – Exercise & Books
Yeah I know, this is advice that you see in pretty much every article about self improvement out there. But it is a vital part, which is exactly why you’re always seeing it. Daily exercise (it can even be as little as a 10-minute walk, that’s still not zero!) has shown to make you feel better AND become smarter. How’s that for a double-whammy? It also clears your mind, helping you to focus better on your goals and tasks for the day. This is doing your future self a massive favor, think about how much you’ll be thanking your past self in the future when you’re able to run for miles, or see those abs taking shape! Also, read. Find books that interest you, educate yourself, strive for more knowledge. Trust me, it’ll help you become more productive in no time!
No More Zero Days is a very concrete, no bullshit lifestyle. It helps you combat procrastination while helping you overcome the feeling of helplessness that’s usually present for us hardcore procrastinators. It does this in small day-by-day increments, not promising miracles out of the box but instead focusing on reality. This is a mindset that I really like, and in the end you’re the only one responsible for your own actions. So take action now, check out the app ‘No More Zero Days’ for your smartphone either on Google Play or Apple Store! You can also check out the Reddit forum /r/NonZeroDay/ for even more inspiration.
Do you have too many bad habits that are overwhelming you and stopping you from trying something new? Then check out my post about bad habits!