How Osteopaths Can Always Get Stuff Done
If you’re finding yourself prone to delaying what needs to be done for your Osteopathy career, you need to read about the Two Day Rule.
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There’s one rule, the Two Day Rule, that’s empowered me to get the little and the big things done without feeling guilty. Basically, it’s a compromise. This rule is an effective way to make you stay on task while also allowing for some flexibility to park it to one side for 24 hours.
What Is The two day rule?
The Two Day Rule is a concept created by Matt D’Avella. The director of the film Minimalism essentially says: Never skip the thing you’re trying to accomplish more than two days in a row.
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Your brains worst enemy
Our brains are amazing, us Osteopaths know that. The problem is that they’re fantastic at thinking, but dreadful at remembering to stick to tasks that we set ourselves.
Have you ever had a stern conversation with yourself where you’ve decided that you’re going to start a new habit? In that moment you decide that starting tomorrow you’ll do a certain thing that will make you a better person.
You even get excited at the early ‘new year, new me’ concept only to wake up the next morning and decide that it’s not worth it or even forget about it. Darn brain.
Without a lot of self-discipline, it's easy to fall back into old habits
It really does end up making a lot of sense. If you tell yourself that you’re going to do something within the next 48 hour and you miss the first day, it’s no big deal. However, the small amount of harmless pressure you put on yourself to complete it before the second day is over – is genius.
Using rules to your advantage
It’s easy to confuse rules with chores. If you can get past the adolescent idea of rules being negative and base them on what you value most, you can really utilise them as a powerful motivator and ‘doer’ in your life.
Setting yourself rules & Sticking to them
Nobody who has ever achieved any kind of success, in any field, has done so without implementing some kind of rule or system in their lives.
The key here is consistency.
You don’t always have to do it the same time.
You don’t always have to do it at the same intensity.
You don’t even have to keep it up for 2 days in a row.
But you have to show up and do the work
Let’s take running as an example of a habit you could try to implement for a healthier life:
- Never ever skip 2 days of running in a row, under any circumstance.
- If you can’t be bothered, run only 10 mins.
- If it’s too much, do it for 5 mins.
- If you’d rather take it easy, walk for 15 mins and run for 15.
- If that’s too hard, walk 10 and run 5.
There is always a way.
Heck, this may even be an excellent way to get your patient’s onboard with their exercises or establish long-lasting lifestyle changes.
Creating a few rules for yourself based on your inner values and what you want to achieve in life then live by those rules.
The Two Day Rule has now become one of my life’s rules.
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About Alan Zaia M.Ost
Osteopath, ethical Osteopathy business advice, motivation, self driven all delivered with a British accent. From creating the perfect patient experience and creative clinic marketing to patient-generating websites, Google Ads and stunning social media, you’ll find me here, at the beach or on a call making Osteopaths create their perfect work:life balance. Keep up if you can!
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