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Here's the deal.

Time slips by us like crazy. One minute we are doing one thing, the next we are doing something else. You can do a lot in 5 minutes. But most people won't think about it.

Step 1: Pick a Goal.

I want you to set goals that you can achieve in 5 minutes.

Step 2: Set a Timer.

Use something like: Online Timer (I use my iPhone)

Put the timer at 5 minutes.

Step 3: Begin

See how much you can achieve towards your goal within the set amount of time (5 minutes). For example, I told myself I would write this entire post in 5 minutes, so prior to starting, I set my timer, then began my challenge.

I have 1 minute and 30 seconds left, so with that, I'll go above and beyond.

Above and Beyond

Doing more with your time is a HUGE thing. If you can achieve more in less time, you'll have more available time to do other things. In this example, I decided to continue writing this post to share even more ideas with Warriors like you.

Going above and beyond can have a lot of advantages too. Sometimes when I set my timer for 5 minutes and I end up having a minute left over, I start on something else or even push my current goal further.

What do you think of the 5 minute challenge?

Times up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by Michael55555 View Post

      Nice. I like that. I'll have to try it.
      Right on Michael!

      Tell me how it goes and if you see any results from it It's pretty obvious you will since you'd be taking action during those 5 minute periods.
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  • Profile picture of the author StoneP31
    mmm... thinking about a 5 minute challenge?
    I'll read Proverbs Ch. 16 in 5 minutes.
    sweet post
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    • Profile picture of the author Kaie
      I used to do this when I had a very messy husband who left the house a wreck, and it built up quickly. The rooms were overwhelming and I can't remember who offered the 5 minute suggestion but I did it and then I ended up getting the job done pretty quickly. You move fast and efficiently when that timer's going.
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      • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
        Originally Posted by Kaie View Post

        I used to do this when I had a very messy husband who left the house a wreck, and it built up quickly. The rooms were overwhelming and I can't remember who offered the 5 minute suggestion but I did it and then I ended up getting the job done pretty quickly. You move fast and efficiently when that timer's going.
        Ha I did the same thing when I was recently moving.

        It's crazy, it could take weeks to build up the mess but literally can only take minutes to clean.
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  • Profile picture of the author sc00byd00
    Great tip Justin, tasks always take longer than expected, but I can see how having a set amount of time can concentrate the mind to get it completed quicker and more efficiently.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gianni
    Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

    Here's the deal.

    Time slips by us like crazy. One minute we are doing one thing, the next we are doing something else. You can do a lot in 5 minutes. But most people won't think about it.

    Step 1: Pick a Goal.

    I want you to set goals that you can achieve in 5 minutes.

    Step 2: Set a Timer.

    Use something like: Online Timer (I use my iPhone)

    Put the timer at 5 minutes.

    Step 3: Begin

    See how much you can achieve towards your goal within the set amount of time (5 minutes). For example, I told myself I would write this entire post in 5 minutes, so prior to starting, I set my timer, then began my challenge.

    I have 1 minute and 30 seconds left, so with that, I'll go above and beyond.

    Above and Beyond

    Doing more with your time is a HUGE thing. If you can achieve more in less time, you'll have more available time to do other things. In this example, I decided to continue writing this post to share even more ideas with Warriors like you.

    Going above and beyond can have a lot of advantages too. Sometimes when I set my timer for 5 minutes and I end up having a minute left over, I start on something else or even push my current goal further.

    What do you think of the 5 minute challenge?

    Times up.
    It is a great advice that one.

    I will set the timer to 20 minutes, and see how much I accomplish in that period of time.

    I need to learn how to be more efficient with my time.
    I find myself wasting too much time doing pointless things that are not productive.

    Thanks for your advice.

    All the best.

    Gianni.
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  • Profile picture of the author angelinebobby
    ha ha..Great idea
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudstrife
    That post took me 5 minutes to read! (slow reader lol)
    This response took me 5 minutes to think of and type.
    The 5 minute challenge shall be implemented... in 5 minutes.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by Evocess View Post

      Very interesting! I'll try it later
      One of the big problems that I see when people mention the word "later" is that they aren't taking action.

      5 minutes isn't that much of time and can be implemented almost immediately I'm not saying you didn't take action later, but I definitely think next time you should consider taking immediate action, you never know, maybe that 5 minutes could have been your most productive throughout the entire day.
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  • Profile picture of the author spaniard26
    Really nice tip! It coul be easily escalable to the pomodoro technique (25 minutes working, 5 off and then repeat, every 4 or so you take a 15-20 minutes break)
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by spaniard26 View Post

      Really nice tip! It coul be easily escalable to the pomodoro technique (25 minutes working, 5 off and then repeat, every 4 or so you take a 15-20 minutes break)
      I actually never heard of the Pomodoro Technique but I plan on looking it up, that sounds very interesting for sure Thanks a lot!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Felder
    Cool challenge Justin it really helps people build that they can complete a challenge in the short term and eventually in the long term Really appreciate your post!
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  • Profile picture of the author carlosbankropf
    Nice one, pretty cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    That 5 minute challenge has just given me a great idea for my next work session I do it off work but it time to put it to work for me.
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    Wow great technique!
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  • Profile picture of the author Connie Lim
    Hi Justin, you always provide us good post with great techniques, thanks a lot.

    Normally I will set a time when I'm doing something urgent/important, didn't realize that by setting a timer for small task can save up a lot of time, got to do it and keep it as habit.

    Cheers
    Connie Lim
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  • Fantastic post! I use online timer all the time. It really does keep you in check. Along with having a to do list.
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    The 5 minute challenge! Will try it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    I've received a lot of feedback about this lately and really enjoy the fact that people are so inspired by this very simple technique.

    I use this quite periodically and the other day I tested it out. I went an entire day without using it, but still taking action, and then a day with the 5 minute challenge.

    Day 1 (not 5 minute challenge)
    According to Basecamp I did around 45 individual updates which was done throughout the entire day. My day was scheduled like a normal job.

    Day 2 (5 minute challenge)
    According to Basecamp I accomplished more than 112 overall updates, most of them in very short periods of time, but seemed to get a lot more done. Although I wasn't on a schedule, using the 5 minute challenge allowed me to get way more done in a short period of time, enjoy life, and then do it again.
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  • Profile picture of the author stellaex
    That's really works
    I have already tried that not of five minute but ten minute game

    1. Think what you have to do
    2. How good I will feel when I will complete the task
    3. Than brake the task in little chunks , accomplish and enjoy

    Enjoy the success in short time
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
    Banned
    Not so easy ,
    also need patience,fighting mentality and too much work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Akibahoward
    It's so funny, I recall long ago (after reading and viewing the Secret) I launched out on a 100 day challenge. IT WAS BRUTAL!

    And at other times in life I have launched into these long term 'goals' that sometimes were successful and other times, not so much.

    This is real and simple. I LOVE IT Justin.

    Not a long intense 'goal setting exercise' just 5 minutes.

    You nailed this one! Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by Akibahoward View Post

      It's so funny, I recall long ago (after reading and viewing the Secret) I launched out on a 100 day challenge. IT WAS BRUTAL!

      And at other times in life I have launched into these long term 'goals' that sometimes were successful and other times, not so much.

      This is real and simple. I LOVE IT Justin.

      Not a long intense 'goal setting exercise' just 5 minutes.

      You nailed this one! Thanks.
      It's really amazing. I've been using it everyday for little tasks that I'd usually take forever doing.

      For example, I even increase the time a little bit and schedule myself for how long I can watch TV, play video games, or even work in the yard.

      I've been more productive using this method than any other time in my life
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  • Nice challenge, its a good way to be used to achieving your goal. Even your long term goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
    wow....this challenge is so simple yet it can not only cause you to work on your project for 5 minutes but most people will continue on after 5 minutes and get much more done...

    I heard someone says that 'it is the start that stops most people, don't let the start stop you'
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    I tested the strategy out today when I was eating. Really pushed me to make something to eat in less than 5 minutes. So it can definitely be used in any scenario.


    Originally Posted by slingingshot15 View Post

    I heard someone says that 'it is the start that stops most people, don't let the start stop you'
    One of the more simple, yet intelligent quotes I've seen. I definitely agree with this one.

    I mean come on, you can start by giving 5 minutes of your time away. It's really that easy. And you aren't going to hurt anything doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jape
    hmmm...worth a try. Earlier I was planning on a blog post but never got to start after an hour. Well...I had the intro
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  • Profile picture of the author Corey Geer
    Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

    Here's the deal.

    Time slips by us like crazy. One minute we are doing one thing, the next we are doing something else. You can do a lot in 5 minutes. But most people won't think about it.

    Step 1: Pick a Goal.

    I want you to set goals that you can achieve in 5 minutes.

    Step 2: Set a Timer.

    Use something like: Online Timer (I use my iPhone)

    Put the timer at 5 minutes.

    Step 3: Begin

    See how much you can achieve towards your goal within the set amount of time (5 minutes). For example, I told myself I would write this entire post in 5 minutes, so prior to starting, I set my timer, then began my challenge.

    I have 1 minute and 30 seconds left, so with that, I'll go above and beyond.

    Above and Beyond

    Doing more with your time is a HUGE thing. If you can achieve more in less time, you'll have more available time to do other things. In this example, I decided to continue writing this post to share even more ideas with Warriors like you.

    Going above and beyond can have a lot of advantages too. Sometimes when I set my timer for 5 minutes and I end up having a minute left over, I start on something else or even push my current goal further.

    What do you think of the 5 minute challenge?

    Times up.
    I made a non-IM related personal goal but this one was quite a challenge. My old landlord always calls me up and asks me for advice on something since she's running a website.

    Well, she wanted advice on what a backlink was and how you get them so the goal was to try to explain it as easily as possible in 5 minutes. She never understands anything on the first try and logic usually doesn't sink in for a while.

    My Results: Failed miserably. It took 30 minutes just to get a basic idea down and she still questions me instead looking up random articles via Google Search.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by Corey Geer View Post

      I made a non-IM related personal goal but this one was quite a challenge. My old landlord always calls me up and asks me for advice on something since she's running a website.

      Well, she wanted advice on what a backlink was and how you get them so the goal was to try to explain it as easily as possible in 5 minutes. She never understands anything on the first try and logic usually doesn't sink in for a while.

      My Results: Failed miserably. It took 30 minutes just to get a basic idea down and she still questions me instead looking up random articles via Google Search.
      The point is, you tried.

      Also the easiest example I give is this. "A backlink is any link on any site other than yours, linking to your site". Sometimes those who don't want to learn or are just not willing to do their own research, don't deserve your time.

      Our goal should be to help as many people as we can, that's why even though I do have direct person to person customer service, I try to limit myself heavily on how long I am in conversations. I even record videos (in less than 5 minutes) and upload them so multiple people can learn.
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