Get Things Done With This Five-Minute Motivation Trick 6 years ago

Get Things Done With This Five-Minute Motivation Trick

Motivation doesn't come easy if you're sleep deprived. When the thought of doing the dishes, or even just leaving the sofa, is all too much, try this simple five-minute trick for a quick boost that will get you back on your feet.

Writer Benjamin Spall explains on 99U,

"I'm a big believer in the semi-famous 'only five minutes' approach to getting things done. The logic here is if you tell yourself you're only going to exercise, write, wash the dishes, or clean your apartment for only five minutes your brain doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on. Nobody can argue with five minutes, including your brain, so it lets you have it.

Of course, what then usually happens is at about the five-minute mark of your task, you start to get into it. You realise it isn't as hard as you had pegged it to be, and you start to get a taste for it, a taste which will then lead you to wanting to continue with the task."

Sounds good. We wonder if it applies to jogging too...


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