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OTB #033: The 5-Minute Rule That Helps Poker Players Beat Procrastination

"While we waste our time hesitating and postponing, life is slipping away." - Seneca

If there's one thing I was world-class at in 2023, and probably every adult year before that, it was procrastinating.

Procrastination is where you have trouble persuading yourself to do the things you know you should do.

Sometimes it's even things you actually want to do, like improving your poker game.

Rather than just getting on with important and meaningful poker study, you end up performing more trivial tasks like checking your emails or watching cat videos.

Today I want to share with you a great productivity technique that has helped me to beat procrastination for good.

Let's dive in...

Beating procrastination

"Just get started."

It sounds so simple...

And yet when it comes to aspects of poker study we don't want to do, it suddenly becomes very hard.

Enter... The 5-Minute Rule.

The steps are simple:

  1. Choose an element of poker study you've been putting off

  2. Commit to spending just five minutes on it

  3. Set a timer to five minutes

  4. Start the timer and get going

If you don't want to continue once the five minutes is up, that's ok, you can stop.

Five minutes of poker study still means progress.

However, once you get started, you'll likely find yourself studying for much longer.

It's totally normal to feel anxious about studying something new or something that you know will be difficult.

Allocating a short timeframe like this should make it less overwhelming.

The important thing to remember is that once the timer starts you get going straight away and fight through the initial resistance.


Time management techniques like this are so important because time is our single most valuable non-renewable resource.

We can always make more money, but we can never make more time.

If you're a recreational poker player with a full time job and other commitments, like a family, then you'll want to make your poker study and training time as efficient as possible.

The 5-Minute Rule will help you beat that initial resistance to getting started.

That's it for this week.

Go and spend five minutes right now on something you've been putting off for too long.

See you next time.


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