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Why You Should Make 5 Minutes Your Fundamental Time Unit

I wrote this article in less than 2 units of 5 minutes. You can definitely read it in less than 1 minute.

You force yourself to make tasks actionable

My biggest struggle with my task management is that tasks often times feel too daunting to start on them. If I ask myself “what can I do in 5 minutes?” I’m sure that I’ve broken down the task enough.

Damn you, Parkinson

Believe me, you can do a lot more than read an article in 5 minutes. Let me present you Parkinson’s Law:

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

By forcing yourself to complete a task in 5 minutes, suddenly you can do a lot more, since you’re forced to focus to an extreme amount, cut off all distractions and do just enough instead of being your perfectionist self. You simply have no choice, it’s awesome!

You’ll learn to estimate time

Within 1 minute and 22 seconds my timer will ring. That’s what we call immediate feedback, every 5 minutes.

You can squeeze in more stuff everywhere

Who doesn’t have 5 minutes? In Scrum (software development methodology) we work in sprints. The goal is to produce one or more useful features and send them to the client in a short amount of time—usually 2 weeks.


So why not do sprints of 5 minutes, in your personal life? Here’s my challenge to you: for the next week, do your tasks in increments of 5 minutes. Every unit, think what can I do in the next 5 minutes?, set a timer and go! Doesn’t matter if you need another round, just keep sprinting like a madman and you’ll get a shitload done, while having loads of fun. And did I mention the free time to rest, meditate or read, that you can claim now?


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