Laborit's law

Laborit's law

Laborit's law
The slightest effort

We see you behind your computer, you have been postponing a task for several days that you find frankly unpleasant. In other words, you procrastinate over that painful file, or that mountain of dishes in your sink. Concretely, you are doing all you can to do nicer things instead. We understand you. However, have you ever tried to see the problem the other way around? Once you have completed this task, will you not have plenty of time in front of you to indulge yourself?

In the 20th century, the surgeon and neurobiologist Henri Laborit theorized a law to counter procrastination. It is called, unsurprisingly, Laborit's Law or Law of Least Effort, and it involves doing the task that seems most complicated to us first. When you get to the office tomorrow, start by dealing with this file.

It's no wonder you find it easier said than done, the neurobiologist acknowledging in his writings that it goes against human nature which tends to prioritize reward and reward. immediate pleasure.

So how do you change your habits?

Whether it is in your professional or personal life that you procrastinate, start by making a list of the things you need to do each morning and rank them in order of importance. If you need help prioritizing these actions, feel free to take a look at our article on the Eisenhower Matrix. Then, start with the most complicated task, the one that will take you the most time, in short, the one that you postpone but which you must nevertheless imperatively carry out.

Once this is done, reward yourself! You will have completed this super boring task and you will need to take a breather. Whether it's watching a show, eating a muffin, or calling your friend, take the time to congratulate yourself. Then start again ... Soon, you will systematically start with the most off-putting activities.

Good luck !

Written by Anne (09/30/2021)
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