Sep 23 2016

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Five-minute Habits

The Five Minute Friday word is five.

Five-minute Habits


What is one healthy habit you wish you were doing? Exercise? Eating healthier? On a spiritual note, do you wish you were reading your Bible or praying regularly? How about taking five minutes to get you started.

Five minutes will feel like forever if you are planking the whole time, that’s a long time to plank. But, a walk for five minutes is a start. If you’re doing nothing, it’s five minutes of something. Be reasonable with yourself.

You could prepare a healthy snack in five. How long does it really take to cut up an apple or cucumber? Not long.

Praying for five. Or meditating on scripture for five. Those short five minutes could be the start of a habit.

And what happens if you don’t feel done in five minutes? What if you want to do more than five? You can decide to do more.

The magic of five minutes is that it feels small. And it might be the perfect habit to get you started.


Some resources you can use today:

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Devotional: Hungry for God … Starving for Time – Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women

Exercise: 5-minute workouts

Writing: Join us for Five Minute Friday (See details below) Want to see some Five Minute Friday writing? Buy the book: Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat (I’m one of the writers in the book.)

Cleaning: 5-minute Decluttering Tasks printable

What is one five-minute habit you want to start today?

  1. Take five minutes to write down your list of healthy habits you want to begin.
  2. Pick one (and only one) to start today.
  3. Make a commitment to do this habit for five minutes for the next two weeks.
  4. Tell someone for accountability. (Let me know what you decided in the comments below.)
  5. At the end of two weeks, celebrate and decide what you want to do next.

Even the busiest of people can find five.

Share your story in the comments below.

Are these words encouraging to you? Share.

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What is Five Minute Friday?

It is a 5-minute writing party. Click the icon to read some other great writing.

Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you and encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.




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  1. Leah

    Hello Cherly,
    I am your neighbor at 5minfri.
    You make such a good and poignant point about all that can accomplished for our mental well being in 5 deliberate minutes.

    1. Cheryl

      I like your word deliberate. That was my intent. Deliberate is a powerful word. When I am feeling stuck, the five minute idea helps me to get started. Once I’m invested, I often want to keep going. For me, it’s just the right push.
      Thanks for visiting.

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