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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jill King

Smart Hack for a Fruitful New Year (p2)

Mastering ‘The Five More Rule’: Little Steps for Significant Progress

Welcome to a closer look at ‘The Five More Rule,’ a simple yet powerful technique to boost productivity and endurance. Whether you're tackling a work project, a fitness goal, or personal development, this rule can be a game-changer. Let's explore what this rule is all about, why it works wonders, and how you can apply it to various aspects of your life.

What is ‘The Five More Rule’?

‘The Five More Rule’ is a motivational strategy where, upon reaching the point of wanting to give up or take a break, you push yourself to do five more of whatever you're doing. This could mean reading five more pages, writing five more sentences, or doing five more exercises. It's a method of extending your limit, just a little at a time, to build endurance and productivity.

The Psychology Behind the Rule

Overcoming Mental Barriers

Often, the urge to stop is more psychological than physical. ‘The Five More Rule’ challenges these mental barriers, teaching you that you're capable of more than you think.

Building Mental Resilience

Regularly practicing this rule not only increases your productivity but also strengthens your mental resilience. It's about training your brain to handle challenges and not give up easily.

Incremental Progress

This rule is based on the principle that small, consistent efforts lead to significant improvements over time. It turns daunting tasks into more manageable pieces.

Applying ‘The Five More Rule’

1. Identify Your Tipping Point

Pay attention to when you typically start to lose focus or feel like quitting. This is your cue to apply ‘The Five More Rule.’

2. Push for Five More

When you hit that moment, challenge yourself to do just five more of whatever task you’re on. Make sure these are achievable – the goal is to stretch your limits, not overwhelm yourself.

3. Reflect on the Achievement

After completing the additional five, take a moment to acknowledge your achievement. This builds a positive feedback loop, reinforcing your ability to push beyond perceived limits.

4. Gradual Increase

As you get comfortable with pushing for five more, consider gradually increasing the number. But remember, the focus is on consistent, manageable growth.

Applications of ‘The Five More Rule’

  • Work and Study: Extend your focus for a few more minutes, or tackle a few more items on your to-do list.

  • Physical Exercise: Add a few more reps or a few more minutes to your workout.

  • Personal Habits: Read a few more pages of a book, meditate for five more minutes, or spend a little longer practicing a hobby.

Customizing the Rule

  • Adjust the Number: Depending on your task and endurance level, ‘five more’ can be adjusted. The key is to choose a number that slightly pushes your comfort zone.

  • Combine with Breaks: Use this rule in conjunction with regular breaks (like in the Pomodoro Technique) to maintain a balance between productivity and rest.


‘The Five More Rule’ is a testament to the power of small steps in making significant progress. It’s not about monumental leaps but about steadily pushing your boundaries, one small challenge at a time. Incorporate this rule into your daily routine and watch as your productivity, endurance, and confidence soar. Remember, it's the little extras that make the big difference! 🌟📈💪

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