How To Stop Procrastinating – The 321 Trick

How To Stop Procrastinating – The 321 Trick

When I was in college, I was the type of person
that would hit the snooze button at least four times before finally waking up just to
rush out the door because guess what? I was already late for class. I had this uncanny
ability to almost always and I mean always hand in my essays and my projects literally
minutes right before the deadline. This was definitely not something that I was proud
of. We all have amazing things that we tell ourselves that we are going to go outside
and do, but for the most part we have trouble finding the motivation and the inspiration
to actually go out there and do them. And I am sure you can relate to this. What finally
helped me was this little trick that I learned from a mentor of mine. It’s called the 3 2
1 and it’s actually very simple and very effective. The next time your confronted with a task
that you don’t want to do, even by the slightest bit, you start counting down from 3. You go 3…2…1
and once you hit one, you stop whatever you’re doing and then finish that task. The only
rules are that whatever it is has to be something that’s possible and it has to be something
that you can do right then and right there at the moment. Let’s say for example you just
came home and you notice that the trash bin is full. “Oh man…I should go and take out
the trash. You know what I’ll do it after I check my email. Wait stop. Take out the
trash 3…2…1 and you have to drop your phone, stand up, and you have to take out
the trash. Now the key to this trick is to make it into a habit. They say that it takes
about 21 days to form a habit. However in my personal experience it didn’t take any
longer than about a week and a half for this trick to settle in. The key is to apply it
to just about every single annoying task that you find throughout the day. “Oh the dishes
are piling up. Well 3…2…1 go and wash the dishes.” “Oh the dog looks hungry. 3..2..1
go feed the dog.” “Should I brush my teeth? 3…2…1 go and brush your teeth.” “Oh I
am kind of hungry right now too! 3..2..1 go cook yourself a meal.” After doing this for
a while you’ll find that your met with less resistance every time you count down from
3. And it’s at this point that you’ve unlocked the true potential behind this trick. The
point of this trick was not to give you a way to take out the trash or always hand in
your homework on time. Yes that is going to be helpful, but the true potential behind
this trick is to give you the ability to build positive new habits. Let’s say that you’ve
been trying to go to the gym for a while now. You know all of the positive benefits. You
know logically that it is the right thing to do. Yet you’ve never found the motivation
to actually go out there and do it. Now all you have to do is say, “Sign up for a gym
membership online, 3…2…1, and you’ll go and do it.” And then immediately afterwards
you can say, “Get dressed and go to the gym, 3…2…1 ,” and you’ll go and do it. The
key here is to make sure that the 3 2 1 is ingrained enough in your mind so that when
you do say it, no matter what it is that you’ve challenged yourself to do, you will do it.
And the same thing can be applied for quitting negative habits. Things like smoking or drinking.If you’ve ingrained the 3 2 1 strongly enough in your brain, you can resist those temptations. But the biggest
and the hardest thing that you have to do in order to make this trick work is to take
that FIRST STEP TODAY to start implementing the 3 2 1 trick into your lifestyle. I challenge
you to think of something right now that you have to do. Something on your to do list,
that you’ve been pushing aside. 3….2…..1 GO AND DO IT!



  • ToBeDetermined

    I used to kind of use this trick when I was younger except instead of “3..2..1” I would use some dark crap like “if I don’t get up in 5 seconds my pet will die…” yeahhh I was a little odd

  • Fasih Shaikh

    I am going to turn this video off 3…2…1

  • urvish bhatt

    Its like 5 sec rule..😂😂😂well its better than this I guess….💓

  • Daniel King

    So shocked I've only just come across this channel! Got my toilet viewing material sorted for the next few weeks and will hopefully be not only lighter but more motivated each time I press the flush 😁
    Cheers for your hard work you've got yourself one more subscriber

    Ps not a homo thing but I love your voice lol

  • Guillermo G.

    Neat! This will come in handy for taking those cold showers

  • sameed khan

    It will help afterall it is from my improvement channel and i will turn it into a habit : )

  • Tariso T Zendera

    woow yo videos re amazing

  • Prabhu Kumaar -PK

    Hey, May I ask you, with what application you've made this video?

  • otaku hime

    gotta turn my computer off and go to sleep 3…..2…..1, bye

  • Logan Peterson

    Is it ok to put this on watch later?

  • Pedro Antonio Amezcua Gómez

    3,2,1 get off youtube

  • Zegenda

    Keeping the tap open without watching, procrastinating watching this video, because I know that after I watch it I have no excuse for procrastinating.

  • Hi-Tech

    I’ll try the 321 trick later

  • Xadrek XIII

    So cool, I couldn’t think of a better method than this, thanks a lot 👍

  • Anika Ali

    Trust me…I m not bluffing before watching any of these videos I used this rule but I did the countdown of 10 to 1.

  • donya damanpak

    amazing!!!!simple solutions are the best always.

  • gopi nath

    Thanks man

  • s o m n e

    3..2..1… I need to stand up from bed

  • The Man

    After 3…2…1… i started counting 3…2…1… again… didnt work :/

  • Noor Alshaheri

    3…2…1 I will go buy a tooth brush lol😂😂😂

  • deepanker gautam

    This background music ruined this video.
    Otherwise , the content is great.

  • Lexy Howard

    like the five second rule!

  • Örs Schubert

    i actually added this to "watch later"

  • collarmole

    Who procrastinates feeding their dog?

  • collarmole

    I have to study for my family law exam. 3…2..1!

  • Max Sachs

    Threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee …….
    ………. Twooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. ………………… Oneeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, eh I'll do it later

  • RomiWadaKatsu

    I personally found that, for some reason, counting from 5 works better with me. When starting from 3 sometimes my brain goes "nope, this is too sudden, it's basically the same as just saying go". With 5 seconds, on the other hand, it works wonderfully

  • Jordan Fernandes

    Man you're exactly like me ( with the assignments)

  • Kamatorta



    conta piada

  • Lulu-H

    Such an awesome video!

  • Mateusz Donajski

    Thank You Improvement Pill. I tought that I knew that, but i didn't and during the episode I did made that breakfast. Thank You (I really have some food issues) 🙂

  • Soul

    Thank you so much for this advise!! Seems like it's an incredibly powerful technique) I'm definitely going to use this! :))

  • Naymulislam fahim

    Can you please suggest me which software you used to make this kind of video, please?

  • elisa

    Its been like 2 years and a couple of months

    But really helped

  • Miki Sauiretcki

    SWIETNIE!!SUPER EKSTRA…ale ..mnie dziś nawet nie chce się ruszyć z kanapy.. 🙁

  • Go further

    Thank you for your existence in youtube

  • Sasha .t

    I have to clean my room but because I let it get messy it takes a few hours to clean it so I just don't do it in the first place

  • James Hutchins

    I do something similar. I call it think it do it. If i know my clothes are in the drier and it pops in my mind i say think it do it go get the clothes. If i think it and i can do it right away i then immediately do it. It works


    Who tf is still procrastinating

  • gerrpk

    What cruel person would procrastinate on feeding his dog.

  • ginger Jm

    Seems very promising ! Thankyou !

  • Cathy Shepard

    Getting out of bed. 3…2…1.

  • Hand Sanitizer

    Useless. I can't make myself do anything, because I have no self-control and that's why I'm here.

  • Kiyoshi Kirishima

    I was going to try this but then

  • Cynthia Padilla

    Lol I put this video in my watch later list a YEAR AGO promising I would eventually watch it but now that I have an essay literally due in 3 hours, I’m procrastinating by watching this video

  • Stop it with the moth memes

    Like and subscribe in 3…2…1

  • D bryant

    This technique won't work for me. Maybe in my teen years it could have worked but that was a long time ago.

  • Chizzy

    This channel is f*cking amazing!

  • EmilsRie

    "oh the dog feels hungry." 3.. 2.. 1.. *forgets to feed the dog*

  • EmilsRie

    3.. 2.. 1.. *Jumps*

  • Zal Chan

    Well i brushed my teeth, lets go

  • Nisarga Krishnappa

    Shouldn't have seen the comment section…its full of negativity

  • Chef Jaylin

    3,2,1 don’t eat that donut

  • Aj X

    What if I begin to procrastinate on counting 3 2 1

  • tnahaM iaJ

    i do the 3,2,1 in the shower

  • Livin' Great

    One tool that can help relieve procrastination so you can take consistent action is hypnotherapy. In the 1940s, the American Medical Association and the British Medical Association said that hypnosis seem to be very effective.

    Of course, it's not a magic pill. Even after a 20-minute relaxing hypnosis session, action is still required.

    But it will give you momentum to act.

  • Chef Jaylin

    Did this trick actually help any of u guys?

  • Extraterrestrial Horse

    I'll wash my face and go to sleep in: 3..2…1

  • Agnes Strzykowska

    Find the energy to move my fat backside and do… whatever…1.2.3… Nope. Doesn't work 😴

  • nadzuqa

    This is gold

  • Alpha Man

    3…2…1 smooke a cigaret hahahaha

  • Shawn Li

    I procrastinate before I count the 1

  • Илья Борисов

    It looks like "Would you kindly…?" )))

  • o

    For those who want to apply this and still procrastinate, simply say 3.. 2.. 1.. but in a super slow speed.

  • LoadedPotato

    One more video…looks over at clock…2AM. 3…2…1. Im going to sleep.

  • Amarjeet Sharma

    Need a help and this man is here thanks mate .

  • LooptimeIsAble

    What software did you use to create this?


    I really needed this I mean when u keep doing simple annoying task it gets unconsciously easy to do take it from me guys.

  • Bla Venn

    If you wath the video until the very end you've already failed

  • Jamie shorter

    …I'm going to try this.

  • Jay Dub

    3..2..1 Falls Asleep 😴

  • J Thomas

    You know… I feel really bad now. I actually put this video in "Watch Later"… I forgot all about it. Of all the videos to procrastinate watching…

  • Daniela Bodoh

    3… 2… 1… Practice piano and violin… after binge watching YouTube 😂😂

  • Pulkit jain

    I am tired 3…2..1. rest

  • BuildTech Civil

    3.. 2.. 1.. I am going to create a new life by changing myself today and now

  • Mrosmick mani

    Improvement pill 💊 Dude you are awesome,
    3…2…1…go back to work

  • Nailitper

    Wait… Wait i actually DID do something like this, but not counting down, i think the best reason to do something is the lack of a reason

  • Chef Jaylin

    Can this work with eating healthy???

  • DR Optimistic

    this is really helped me a lot, well i have not stopped the procrastination totally but really by using this technique i have doe many stuff without procrastinate, thank you

  • Shivam Pandey

    Improvement pill your content is awesome this is me Shivam Pandey

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