Do you have issues procrastinating tasks that you know should really get done? Those items you just know you should do, but you find excuses, other meaningless tasks, social media, emails, and anything else to NOT do the task? Then at the end of the day we feel bad inside, knowing we really need to get this done. Or if a deadline is coming up, then we wait until the last moment, then madly try to get everything done at the last minute, and our work is sloppy, frenetic and we are not having fun.
I think we all have. Actually, I think I’ll put off writing this blog for another day ….????
Ok that happens often. Now how to get over that hurdle?
I’ve found 2 excellent tools to assist. One is the book Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy, and the other is a Hemi-sync meditation that within 30 minute gets me excited to take on the task I did not want to do! Ok, read now, no procrastinating!
I can’t wait to finish this blog!!!!
Eat That Frog!
My absolute favorite book (and it gets me moving) on the topic of procrastination is the Eat That Frog! Now that may not sound appetizing but it has 21 really good ways to stop procrastinating and to get more done in less time. It’s a quick read, I read it in a couple of hours, and then it summarizes the 21 methods. I read those often and get excited. You can get it cheap right here.
So your frog is that really important task, or tasks, that if you do it, will provide the most benefit and productivity for your day. The analogy is of eating a frog …. if you know you need to eat a frog, and you get that over with first thing in the day, then everything else will be easier from that point on. So the idea is to eat your most important frog or frogs first, then do other items later.
The really exciting part of all of these ideas is that the human brain and body is hardwired to produce endorphins, opiates and makes us feel good inside when we do this. We are genetically charged to produce these chemicals when we complete and finish an important task. When we develop the habit of tackling and taking on our most important and beneficial tasks, we feel like winners. It makes us happy. We get energy.
The completion of any important task triggers the release of these chemicals such as endorphins in our brain. This gives us a natural high. I get excited every time I reread that section, and it works!!
I took a walk down to the local lake, and there was a cute little frog sitting by the reeds along the side. I had to add him to the blog!
Eat That Frog Cards
I find that repitition helps me to remember things. If I read a good book, and then put it down and never go back, I usually forget everything! There are some that I have found to be really helpful.
The cards are a bit like flash cards that some of us had to use when we were younger to memorize our math facts. These Eat That Frog cards remind me of the different practices I can deploy to overcome procrastination. Get your set here. Whenever I’m feeling unmotivated or stuck, I just get one of these out, and voila, I actually want to do that task. Then it is fun!
Do This Now – Hemi-sync
The Hemi-Sync technology, which I describe in depth under the music and meditations blog, slows our brains down. Then what we hear and learn gets set deep in our brains. The scientists have found that when we go to that deep state of mental calmness or slow brain activity, that we can learn and develop new habits with astonishing speed.
So the Do This Now audio actually sets up our brains to be motivated to accomplish whatever task we focus on. Imagine that you are stuck, sit down or lay down and listen to the audio for 30 minutes, then with a deep breath say the phrase “Plus – do this now” and find all the motivation and energy to get started right away! I use this often to get inspired and motivated.
Use this for those important tasks such as writing that article or blog, doing that spreadsheet, going for a workout, cooking and eating a nutritious meal, and any other activity you may need to do that day. You can purchase and download your audio file here. You can also click the image below to get your copy.
Eat That Frog example
So I woke up the other morning, and really didn’t feel like writing this blog. I wanted to get it done first thing in the morning, to eat my first frog, and then get energized for the rest of the day. I caught myself reading emails, checking social media, and numerous other tasks that were not in the plan … just delaying tactics.
I then went to my meditation center in my room, lay down and listened to the Hemi-Sync “Plus – Do this now” audio with my airpods. It takes 30 minutes. The amazing audio inspires me, and it instructs us to take a deep breath, use the phrase “Plus, do my procrastination blog now!”, then blow out as though I am blowing out a candle.
Next I opened the Eat That Frog book to pages 3 and 4, and reread the section on the fact that doing the most important task first thing in the morning releases the endorphins and opiates, and gives me a natural high. I’m feeling great now, inspired, and I right this blog in under an hour!
The activity of eating my frog first in my daily routine is most definitely habit forming. I’m loving feeling the endorphins and energy surge. I’ve trained myself to do that, and now I have a new habit. You can do this too!
Quit Procrastinating NOW!!
So quit procrastinating NOW!!! Get those most important tasks done first thing by eating your frog. That will release the endorphins, natural opiates and you will feel great! That is empowering and catapults you to do that next task, eat that next frog, and suddenly you are unstoppable!
Eating your frogs is a great way to live life. Get empowered, get that surge of energy, motivation and know you are crushing it. Available now in book form. Add the audio file and watch yourself do things that you previously resisted! Easily develop new habits of taking on your toughest tasks with energy and enthusiasm.
To your success!!!
One of the most effective meditation practices that I have found is via the use of Hemi-Sync products. The underlying fundamental technology that all of their meditations use is binaural frequency beats. These binaural frequency beats slow your brain activity down by syncing your brain activity to the beat frequency, and I’ve found that technology to really calm my mind down.
While you can buy binaural beats by themselves from numerous online sources, I’ve tried just downloading and listening to them in a standalone manner and found them to be a bit annoying. The Hemi-Sync product suite overlays music, white noise, and guided meditations on top of these binaural beats.
Simply put, I’ve found these meditations to quickly take me to a place of inner calm and peace. The beauty of the mix is that you don’t have to be a master meditator, spending hours a day meditating to get your brain to calm down. These Hemi-Sync products take all of us to deep inner spaces of low brain activity, which is where the meditation magic occurs!
Click here to go to the site if you are ready to try one out! You can download MP3’s immediately. With my iPhone, I buy the mp3 (typically around $12-$15 for singles, more for multiple sets), download them, place them in my iTunes library, sync my iPhone, and can be listening or meditating in under 10 minutes!
First of all, Why Meditate?
Our human minds like to take over and get out of control!! How often do we get anxious, worrying about this and that, thinking about this task, then the next one, then the next, over and over with a general chaos within ourselves? Meditation calms my brain down, and brings, clarity, eliminates lots of wasted energy, and brings a peace within.
I’ve meditated now for the last 25 years. I typically meditate in the morning, often listening to a couple of different types of meditations, just to keep things fresh. I’ve found that regular meditation does wonders for my health, happiness and that in turn causes success in my life.
Life will deal us issues and problems, deaths, accidents, and other curve balls. I’ve found that meditating works fantastic in slowing my monkey brain down, and keeps me from getting worried, anxious, frustrated and chaotic inside. When I can stay in a calm inner state, I can handle life’s curve balls and hard times. But even better, I enjoy the moments more and appreciate with gratitude the happy, joyous moments! I’m alive! I feel healthy, and I am present to take in each moment.
Along my journey I’ve used lots of different meditations: Yoga based, guided, transcendental, Christian readings, Kabbalah, drumming, chanting, running, daily meditations from 12 step programs, moving meditations, and others. I’ve found them all to be beneficial. I highly recommend a regular dose of daily meditations, it does wonders for the body, mind, and soul.
What is Binaural frequency beats and How does it work?
There are numerous online explanations, but I’ll provide a quick one below.
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As an example, one tone of 500 Hz is injected into your left ear, while a tone of 510 Hz is injected into the left ear. Our brain hears these sounds, but actually slows down and starts to operate at 10 Hz, which is the difference between the two frequencies. Our brains lock onto this difference in frequency, and for this example we basically have about 10 thoughts per second. The whole process is called “entraining” the brain. It means that the brain will slow down to whatever the frequency difference is between the two tones.
So when we are awake and actively engaged in conversation, our brains are working at about 25-30Hz, or 25 to 30 brain thoughts/activities per second. No wonder when we get agitated, chaotic, frantic or anxious we burn up so much energy … our brains are spinning at many thoughts per second, usually doing nothing useful.
One of the neat concepts is that with “entraining”, our brains can quickly slow down. Typically, the meditation tracks will start at a higher frequency difference, say 20 Hz for example, and then slowly move the two different frequencies down to a difference of 10 Hz. That is extremely low and in the past only master meditators could get to this state. The Tibetan monks have been recorded to have lower than 10 Hz brain activities. They would have to spend countless hours meditating to get to this advanced state. But now with entraining just about all of us have access to these extremely advanced meditative states. We all can have access to these extremely slow brain states while meditating, and that brings a very deep peace within.
General uses of binaural beats
There are all sorts of beneficial uses of the binaural beats technology. I’ve primarily used them for meditation purposes, and that in turn provides lots of benefits. Some of these are relaxation, improved focus, weight loss better concentration, improved memory, rapid learning, motivation, increased energy, more creativity, mitigating ADHD, reduced stress and anxiety and pain relief.
I’ve found that meditation as a daily spiritual practice has brought me an inner calm and peace. Many spiritual advances have been made with these meditations including Positive Thinking, Spiritual Awareness, Chakra Healing, Lucid dreaming and Astral projection.
My favorite and most effective Hemi-Sync meditations
So I’ve bought numerous Hemi-Sync meditation over the years. Get a good deal by going directly to the Hemi-Sync site here. The base one is just called Hemi-Sync Meditation, and it’s a 45-minute meditation with white noise overlaid on a binaural beat and perhaps other “secret sauce” that Monroe products may deploy. It is so simple, but I’ve gone to really deep states with that one. I come out with such a peace within!
I’ve struggled with addictions over the years, and found the Carolyn Ball Dissolving Depression, Ending Anxiety, and Breaking Free from addictions to be most helpful along my journey. Patty Ray Avalon’s Inner states: Dawning of Awareness is a great suite, with my favorite being the Luminosity guided meditation. I come out of that one connected to Spirit, filled with Light, and passionate about life! Try it!
To browse some of the other products, such as “Want Better and Deeper Sleep?” click the phrase. Please leave a comment and/or email link if you find these useful. I’ve found the products to have a stunning effectiveness. I’d love to hear your experiences.
I love to meditate. It works for me. I don’t sit cross-legged in the traditional yoga pose, but rather relax in an easy chair, lay down on the floor on a futon mat, sit on a zero gravity chair, or upright in a regular chair. I avoid meditating in bed, as I tend to fall asleep, despite my best intentions.
So I get into comfortable clothes, plug in my headsets or ear buds into my ears, and go deep with these different meditations. When I recently moved, I found the whole experience to be unsettling, and the Patty Ray Avalon “Equilibrium” guided meditation helped me to accept the change and flow with the “new’.
May you find your peace within! It enhances every part of life. Enjoy your Hemi-Sync meditations, and let me know if you find a really good one that works for you.
If you find these meditations useful, you might also like “The Guided Meditation Site” which has many wonderful meditations, including the brain entraining, for your healing, focus, success, and relaxation.
Peace within …. Bobby O.