The Rule of Five

How many times during a day, have you wished that you were:

a.  more productive.

b.  more organized.

c.  more physically fit.

d.  all of the above!

If you’re anything like me, the answer is usually answer choice d.  Ok, it’s always answer choice d.  Are you happy now that you dragged that out of me?  Geez.  We’re in this together, you know!  Well, today happens to be your lucky day, because there is a simple, free, no strings attached way to attain all of this and much, much more!  Did I mention it was simple?  Did I mention it was free?  Just checking, and even though you may have been taught that nothing in life is free, I can assure you that this one little tip is absolutely no cost.  Zip, zilch, zero dollars, coin or quid.  You’re right.  I took that one too far with my excitement here.  Are you ready?  Alrighty then.  Here we go…*drumroll*… The Rule of Five.

Just imagine the thrilling power of adding a measly five items (crunches, graded papers, bills paid, drawers emptied, weeds pulled…imagine the infinite possibilities, people) to be completed, to any task, and voila!  No magic wand needed*.  The number five is much less daunting, and is a perfectly reasonable amount of added items.  Think about adding ten, and I can assure you of one thing: you will be completely stressed out with the swamping idea of it.  But five, well that’s a friendly number; a number that is easily accomplished.

By simply making The Rule of Five a consistent part of your day, before you know it, you will be the envy of all, strolling around with your new lease on life.  “How does she do it?  “She’s so on top of her game; I don’t know how she fits all that into her schedule,” they will remark and mutter, as you swish your hair over your shoulder, and glance effortlessly back at them.  Don’t you dare tell them your secret, no matter how much you want to shout it from the mountaintops.  Resist spilling it.  It’s all yours.  Relish in the delight of knowing that in five more minutes, you will be headed to your fifth appointment of the day.


*While wands are not needed for this trick, sparkles are completely optional, as are fairy dust, and other magical elements.  In fact, they should be used liberally, whenever possible.5  


About Shannon Vare Christine

Living the writerly life in Bucks County, PA. Sometimes the funniest, most inspirational and memorable moments are those that happen in our day-to-day lives. Stop.Notice.Laugh.Enjoy
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One Response to The Rule of Five

  1. What’s on your Rule of Five list for today? I’d love to hear from you!


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