Why The Phone ‘Timer’ Will Change Your Life

This small little function on your phone will actually make you a more productive person.

The concept is incredibly simple and straightforward however you do not want to dismiss it as being too simplistic, it actually works.


If you read anything about your development or are just trying to develop yourself, you might have heard of Mel Robbins. Mel is a speaker, contriubtor and author of the book: 5 Second Rule, a concept that has changed many peoples livess.

Imagine this. You are at the local swimming pool paddling away, you see a child clearly distressed and start to sink. nobody else has seen this incident, what do you do?

It’s a no-brainer right? well these no-brainer decisions, are actually driven by our emotional decision making, the prefrontal cortex. this links to procrastination because if you can activate the prefrontal cortex, you will get yourself out of the procrastination cycle, why do you think last minute essay’s are written?

The 5 second concept is actually the opposite to what you think you should do, don’t think just do. count down 5 seconds, 5,4,3,2,1 GO.

The Iphone Timer / Watch Timer / Stop Watch

One trick that i use if i am lacking the will to get up and do something is i will set a timer. i will quickly click through my watch, go to timer and select 1 minute or 5 minutes. On social media? 5 minute timer on BOOM.

It also works the other way as well, what about you want to get something done quickly instead of filling the time? Clean your room? 10minute timer BEAT IT.


Its actually a very simple but such an effective concept, it will change the way you view your time and productivity.

If you haven’t watched Mel Robbins ted talk i would highly reccomend it, its funny, interesting and you never know, you might learn something new 🙂

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Thanks for reading!

My Name is Jordan Bambridge a 23 year old ambitious manager. I currently work in a UK University. I get really passionate about understanding not what people do, but why they do it. I am also interested in psychology in business and helping others succeed and reach their potential. You can catch me on Twitter or Instagram @JordanBambridge or by clicking below.



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