Not the obsessive compulsions. Just the irresistible ones.
They prevent you from doing real work. From getting results.
If you had to pay to do ’em, would you do them as much?
The Compulsions Jar — Paying for the Privilege
This week, let’s try a compulsions jar.
Anytime you want to act upon your compulsion, you FIRST put a dollar in the jar.
For example, “Oh, man, I really want to check Facebook. Here, Compulsions Jar, here is your one-dollar payment.”
And so the steps go like this:
Step 1: List ten compulsions. It’s a big number, but it prevents us from engaging in non-listed compulsions.
For the record and your reference, mine* will be:
- Checking Gmail.
- Checking Google Analytics.
- Checking Avantlink.
- Checking Twitter.
- Checking Facebook.
- Checking YouTube.
- Checking Instagram.
- Checking Google News (or all online news outlets, for that matter).
- Playing with my dog Lucy.
- Checking the fridge for snacks.
*Interestingly, the last two were the toughest to think of. No doubt, I’d have done both a bunch to avoid doing real work or paying for the privilege to act compulsively.
Step 1.5: Put said list near your workspace.
Step 2: Get a Mason Jar.
Step 3: Pick a charity to give to. Mine is ALS-TDI.
Step 4: Set a calendar appointment for Friday afternoon to count the money.
Step 5: Donate.
Two things can happen during this experiment.
- You get results by not acting upon your compulsions.
- You get results by donating some dollars to charity.
I will let you know how it goes for me next Monday.
Until then, let’s get some results this week.