Make time for these 5 essential minutes

Cari Nazeer
Published in
1 min readJan 3, 2021


⏲️ Today’s tip: For anything you’re trying to accomplish, commit to just five minutes a day.

At Forge, we think there’s a lot of power in just a few short minutes. We’ve encouraged you to take a random, aimless mini-break from work. We’ve suggested you wake up and literally scream for five minutes. And now, we want you to commit just five minutes to whatever really big goal you’re working on.

As Michael Easter writes, the five-minute commitment works for two reasons: “It’s specific: Research shows that the more distinct the habit we’re trying to create, the more likely we are to stick to it. It’s modest: Shirking your five-minute commitment feels inexcusable. Researchers at Stanford found that making small, easy-to-hit goals is a key to reaching our larger ones. Once we start, we usually work beyond the five minutes.”

📚 More from Forge on the power of a few well-spent minutes:

The 5-Minute Shutdown Routine That Can Improve Your Entire Day

The Benefits of Doing Absolutely Nothing for Exactly 6 Minutes

My Anxiety Relief is a 5-Minute Scream Every Morning

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