Use push-ups as a catalyst for action.

So I’ve just done 10 really quick push-ups, push-ups help me take action. I’ve been reading a lot about how people get over procrastination, how people get over, any kind of work block. I have seen those with to-do lists tasks that keep getting kicked down the road rather than being crossed off. People who are busy being busy rather than actually being proactive in the work that they’re doing.

One of the tactics that I’ve used and particularly now everyone’s working from home; is to keep active. You’ve got to keep moving! We have not evolved to sit at a desk in the office or at home for hours and hours.

You need to move even if you are working from home.

In the office, you might have got up, had a walk, gone to the watercooler, made yourself a coffee, all little actions. And then you are back at your desk to get on with some work. Now that you are working from home you need to find something that replicates that. When you’re working from home, for me, push-ups are the answer.

I use the Pomodoro Technique, which I’ve spoken about before. I set a timer for 25 minutes and that’s how long I spend on a piece of work. Before I do the work, I do 10 push-ups. That small set gets my blood racing and gets me in the state to take action. Physically moving your body creates a reaction. It gives you that burst of energy. If you’re using the Pomodoro Technique, you can blast through a piece of work with that extra energy. You should be able to cut down your work into smaller chunks that you can tackle in the 25 minutes.

Push-ups are only a tactic – sometimes procrastination happens!

This is my tactic for getting over procrastination. But, I’m guilty as the next about wasting time. And simply put push-ups help me take action; its just my way of breaking a flow. It gets me in the habit of making something happen. The pushup is the catalyst to action.

Share with me your videos of pushups on Twitter! I would love to see you getting fired up to take action!


James O'Donnell
James O'Donnell

James is on a mission to put the Social back into Social Media!