197: Freestyle Friday | The 5 Minute Rule

When our day doesn’t go as planned, we have the choice to control the day or let it control us. Travis Chappell shares a tip to get us out of a funk when mishaps occur. It is called the five-minute rule. Save time and spare your happiness with this five-minute trick.

Here’s what Travis discuss in this episode:

  • People let small negative experiences control their day.
  • Why we shouldn’t let our negative thoughts shape our day
  • The five-minute rule and how it can change our lives
    • The five-minute rule: Don’t spend time on things that won´t matter in 5 years
  • Most things are not going to matter in 5 years so why do we give them so much of our attention and time?
  • Why we should not think about something for more than 5 minutes:
    • 1.) Emphasizes the bad. We tend to emphasize the bad instead of the good when we focus on the bad things for more than 5 minutes.
    • 2.) Wastes time. If we spend more than 5 minutes focusing on the bad things in life, we are wasting time, especially if nothing can be done to change the ¨bad¨ thing.
    • 3.) Decreases Productivity. Focusing on the small bad things makes you unproductive. You could be finding solutions instead of focusing on the bad.
  • As soon as something bad happens:
    • Take the ¨full five minutes¨
    • Be grateful
    • Listen to something that encourages you.

3 Key Points:

  1. Each day we can choose to control it or let it control us.
  2. When something goes wrong in our day, it is easy to let it affect the rest of our day.
  3. The five-minute rule allows us to limit the negative effects of small mishaps throughout our day. Giving ourselves 5 minutes lets us remain in control of our moods in the face of negativity.

Tweetable Quotes:

  1. “If it won´t matter in 5 years, don’t think about it for more than 5 minutes.” – Travis
  2. “Take the full five minutes.” -Travis
  3. “Listen to something that encourages you.” – Travis

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