The 5 Minute Rule

Aug 6, 2013 | Articles

The 5 Minute Rule
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Finding time to pursue activities that you enjoy doing while working a full time job is one of the hardest aspects of life to manage.  Time management is a skill few can honestly say they have mastered.  With the increasing demands of our generation of 9 to 5 jobs, it seems as though in reality the youth of today work 9 to 10.

However, if you try and find time constantly, you may find yourself in a state of despair, a seemly empty pit of abyss.  Instead, try to make time.  How?  Here’s a tip that has worked for the Quotivee team and may work for you as well:

The 5 Minute Rule

Do you have a task that seems impossible to finish?  That 12 page essay that you have left to the last minute because you could not figure out where to start is a great example.  Or possibly that workout that you’ve always been meaning to do, but never got around to freeing up that 1 hour to finish it?  We all know it can be overwhelming and demotivating.

However, there is a solution called The 5 Minute Rule.  When you have a task that seems impossible to finish, instead of looking at the entire picture and the end goal, take smaller steps and look at the beginning and individual parts instead.  For example, instead of focusing on how you are going to fit that 6 hour workout you read from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding book into your daily schedule, try to just do 5 minutes of the workout.  Doing 5 minutes is better than nothing, and is much more manageable than fathoming 1 whole hour of working out.

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli

The same applies with studying.  Start that essay off each day setting a short term goal to write for 5 minutes.  The next thing you know, you may be on page 4 thirty minutes deep!

Creating short-term goals, or micromanaging your time, as the academics call it, help make impossible tasks seem possible.  Try The 5 Minute Rule out today and start your day off right by moving one step closer to your personal goals and aspirations!

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.” – Elbert Hubbard