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March 10, 2010. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Late morning.

I pulled on my swim trunks, trainers, and a tank top and walked out of my little guesthouse room, sliding through the cramped restaurant strewn with tables, and out into the hot, dusty air of Phnom Penh. It's a hot day. It'll be good to swim after lifting weights.

I said, "No no, thank you" to the tuk-tuk drivers offering to take me somewhere in the city, pushed through the little crowd, and out onto the street. The streets in Cambodia more resemble alleyways than streets, and I navigate around people and vehicles.

I went down to the end of the street, turned left, and skirted along close to the local restaurants, half-tent half-storefront type places to get food. I stepped into the crosswalk, the Hotel Cambodiana rising in front of me. I check right and then left, and I watch left as I cross, watching for oncoming traffic.


Mission #3: The Unprocrastination Week

On LL Change Labs

My first unprocrastination session was incredibly effective.  I strongly resisted doing it right away after I finished reading the message, because I had been planning sleep immediately after reading, and I was tired.  But I realized I could do 10 minutes, and although I had legitimate reasons for not wanting to, I was also running away from it, and it was more important to face things.  So I made my list and then I did 10 minutes on my first item, and I got it completely done which felt fantastic.  It was something I'd been procrastinating on for a long time.  

Things did not go quite so well for the rest of the week.  I didn't do anymore dedicated unprocrastination sessions for the rest of the week.  Mostly because I didn't set a trigger (maybe I would have if I had been prompted to in the article :-)). However, I did have in my mind the items on my unprocrastination list, and I did knock them off pretty well each day during the week.

This was an interesting exercise, but at the same time, it felt like it was taking away from the energy I've been trying to put into my habit. Since starting this change labs thing, I have been trying really hard to do my habit each day (a morning routine), and adding 10 minutes of something as hard as this just felt like way too much to add in as well. I am barely hanging on with the "starting small" stuff! 10 minutes of facing really hard stuff that we've been avoiding is actually not all that small …
Nevertheless, I can see how developing the habit of "unprocrastinating" could really help so many areas of my life, including the art of habit change itself.

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