The 5 Minute Rule

Real Estate Agent with President, Newtown Board of Realtors RES.0797458

When you are about to abandon a task because you've had enough of, or feel you aren't getting anywhere with, or are just bored then try applying the “5 Minute Rule.” Say to yourself I will stick at it for just 5 minutes more and then I can give up or take a break.

You can use the the 5-minute-more trick in the gym or when doing jobs in the house. I actually hear my lazy inner-self thinking up excellent reasons why I should abandon my endeavor, “Youve had a long day,” “Mustnt tire myself out for tomorrow,” “Its too cold or hot or windy,” and, the most crafty one, “Shouldnt you be doing another task altogether?”

At the worst you get 5 minutes of work done, and at the best you will have found a second wind, gotten focused and become productive. Of course, what you are aiming for is to move into “the zone” when suddenly work becomes effortless, the words just flow, the paperwork gets dealt with, you make that call youve been dreading, nothing seems a problem. Now, imagine if you hadnt applied the five-minute trick. You might have never gotten there. You might have gone and switched the television on and watched a replay of the ball-game!


Additionally, it is important to remember the other 5-minute rule. We often want to give up a task after just 5 minutes! 5 minutes into writing an essay or starting a run thats the danger time before weve warmed to the task. This is before we see any progress. Use the five-minute rule to help you through this discouraging phase.

Go on do five minutes more…

Posted by

David Landau

RE/MAX Right Choice

43 South Main Street

Newtown, CT 06470

Cell 203-948-2703

Office 203-426-4004


Licensed to practice real estate in

The State of Connecticut


Comments (12)

Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

Great post! 5 more minutes can make a huge amount of difference to writing a blog post, crafting an article, or fleshing out a marketing campaign.


Sep 10, 2014 12:56 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

David Landau ~ what a great idea... I feel if more people follow the 5 minuet rule not only will more things get done but also the world will be a better off...

Sep 10, 2014 02:02 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What great advice!  My dad taught me when I was just a kid that taking a break when you are tired or frustrated with a task is very important.  If you walk away for a bit, it is easier when you return to it.

Sep 11, 2014 11:49 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

David~ I've been in the zone a few times recently and that is one of the greatest feelings on the planet. Is it worth 5 more minutes to get are darn tootin'.

Sep 12, 2014 02:54 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello David,  I like what you are suggesting here on the 5 minute rule.  Thanks and have a great day!

Oct 06, 2014 12:40 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi David - I'll keep your 5-minute rule in mind - it's a good one. I'm glad Donna Foerster featured you in her post today - looking forward to reading more of your posts.

Oct 06, 2014 01:50 AM
David Landau
President, Newtown Board of Realtors - Newtown, CT
RE/MAX Right Choice

Thanks Lottie, have a great day.

Oct 06, 2014 02:02 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

David - I like the 5 minute rule.  Sometimes we are so close and 5 minutes pushes us over

Oct 06, 2014 09:32 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi David and welcome to the Rain. Excellent post and I do use the 5-minute rule.

Oct 06, 2014 12:10 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I like your five minute rule.  Welcome to Active Rain.  You are going to love it here.

Oct 06, 2014 01:11 PM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Welcome to Active Rain!  Thanks to Donna Foerster I found you.  Your 5 minute approach is one I use often.  I learned a long time ago I can endure just about anything for 5 minutes and like you said, sometime I get a second wind. 

Hope you have time to check out my blog and follow me too.  Again, welcome and looking forward to getting to know you.

Oct 06, 2014 02:00 PM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

David, I enjoyed this 5 minute rule blog, I just wish I could wait 5 seconds before my mouth utters noise when working with sellers and buyers. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 06, 2014 10:09 PM