Building Momentum [Celebration Blitz]
SUPERHUMAN SCORE: 8.75
Written by: Ben Meer | January 8, 2023
Complete a timed “celebration blitz” to achieve a small win and build momentum for your next important task.
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Today you'll get a brutally-effective hack for creating momentum in your day.
It's called a celebration blitz, courtesy of Stanford Professor BJ Fogg.
Here's the excerpt from his book Tiny Habits:
“One of my favorite techniques for feeling positive emotions—the Celebration Blitz. I encourage everyone to do this if you need a score in the win column: Go to the messiest room in your house (or the worst corner of your office), set a timer for three minutes, and tidy up.”
Fogg then shares the most crucial part: celebrate.
Fist pump or say, “Wow, that’s way better” with each item you tidy. Whatever primes a feeling of success.
Sounds simple? It is.
But don't underestimate this tactic! It's a lead domino that can knock down much heftier dominos in your life.
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“You don't need to feel good to get going. You need to get going to give yourself a chance at feeling good.” —Brad Stulberg, The Practice of Groundedness
In other words, motivation follows action (not the other way around).
Exactly why a celebration blitz works. It's a small action (3 minutes) reinforced by positive affirmation (celebration).
Blitzing is the best way to create momentum proactively.
And that's crucial because nobody else will create it for you.
Here are the 5 steps for a celebration blitz:
- Step 1: Identify the messiest area in your home or office
- Step 2: Set a three-minute timer (on a phone, watch, or desktop)
- Step 3: Start tidying, celebrate each small win
- Step 4: Continue cleaning and celebrating until the timer goes off
- Step 5: Reflect on how you feel and what you learned after completing the task
By the way, you're welcome to do more than three minutes! Just allow yourself to feel accomplished if you decide to stop after three.
The hardest part of a celebration blitz?
Remembering to do it.
The best time to blitz is when you’re procrastinating a larger task.
Don't want to study for a big exam? Start with a blitz.
Anxious about a big presentation at work? Again, blitz.
You'll be primed to knock down those heftier dominoes.
Pro Tip: I recommend mastering Fogg's advice about tidying your messiest nook. Then you might experiment with blitzing other life areas.
- Health: Clean out your fridge (and remove unhealthy options)
- Relationships: Text friends/family that you love 'em (I’d like to do more of this)
- Digital life: Organize your desktop files
- Wealth: Cancel non-essential subscriptions
- What else would you add?
Not only will this improve your mood, but your environment will be tidier.
BRINGING IT HOME
You’re ready to create momentum in 2023.
The only question left is:
What will you blitz right now? ⚡
All systems go,
P.S. If you enjoy System Sunday, you'll love my friend Sahil Bloom's newsletter—The Curiosity Chronicle. He focuses on actionable, tactical insights you can use to make 2023 amazing. Check it out here.