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How to Beat Procrastination

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The great irony is that when you ask the question early you don't have to work on it. Your subconscious mind will work on the problem. Your subconscious mind is working at levels you have no awareness of. That and your superconscious mind are tapping into all that's around you. At a conscious rate we can process only 120 to 130 bits of data every second, but on a subconscious or superconscious level we can process millions of bits of data. For example, perhaps a bird flies by and triggers a thought that can be the solution to a problem. If you haven't asked the question, you don't know that the bird is the inspiration for the solution to your problem. You can become inspired only if you know what the problem is.

You already do this on your best days. Don't you get ideas out of nowhere? Seemingly out of nowhere, that is. When you're driving in the car or exercising or waking in the morning, you get ideas "out of the blue" quite often. But, wait a minute, you can't find a solution to a problem you're unaware of. You asked the question early, whether you did it consciously or not. And if you didn't do it consciously and you're just relying on happenstance, well, you're lucky you asked the question early. If you do it consciously, if you take this thinking tool seriously and integrate this practice into your work style and spend 20 minutes with the problem a week ahead of time (if you have the luxury), or just spend five minutes a day ahead for that matter, you heighten your odds of having better ideas.

This is a time management thing. You have all the time in the world to do your job, right?

Wrong.

Anybody who's been in business for a number of years knows that you have less time today than you had two years ago. (Do you remember the old days of the twentieth century? Remember how slow the pace was then?) Two years from now you'll have even less time than today. The world is spinning faster and faster. We have less and less time. This creative thinking tool—Ask the Question Early—is a way to manage your time, to get more out of your thinking. When you ask the question early, consciously, you give yourself many more opportunities to be inspired, many more opportunities to have that flash of brilliance that so often happens when you're looking to solve a problem (or often when you're not looking). And, as with so many of the Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy tools we'll cover in this book, it's easy to do, it doesn't cost a penny, and it will make you a better thinker.

Cheat Notes for Chapter 6: Ask the Question Early

When you ask the question early you don't have to work on the problem now; your subconscious mind will work on it for you.

So even if you're not going to start working on the project until the day before it's due, visit the problem now.

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Asking the question early will get your imagination perking, giving you many more opportunities to be inspired.

If you Ask a Better Question and spend 20 minutes with the problem a week (or a day) ahead of time, you greatly increase your odds of having better ideas.

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