• Helen Maharaj

Feeling unmotivated? Try this top tip!

If you're anything like me it can be hard to get motivated. You have so many things to do but it all feels to much. Putting things off is much easier but things keep piling up.

International CBT expert Dr Christine Padesky recommends the five minute rule. Rather than trying to motivate yourself to do a whole task plan on doing just five minutes.

Set yourself a timer on your phone, microwave or smart speaker and do the task for those five minute. When the timer goes off you get to make a choice. Either you stop and you get full credit for doing the task. Or by that point you might feel like continuing for another 5 minutes.

Then after those next five minutes are over you get to decide again to stop or keep on going.

When you set your mind to it, a lot can get done in five minutes. Whether that's a routine task such as putting a load in the washing machine, or calling the electricity company about a bill, or making lunch for work tomorrow.

The hardest part of motivation is getting started. Once you are in motion you are much more likely to be able to keep going. So start small.

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