A Productivity Tip – Ask yourself 5 times


A productivity tip from Albert Einstein, he said;

"If you have an hour to solve a problem, then spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes taking action"



If you spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem, what this will mean is that you will actually get to the root cause of the problem. If we only spend 5 minutes thinking about the problem and 55 minutes sorting the problem, it’s very likely that we don’t actually fix the root cause of the problem and therefore will have to go through the cycle over and over again, taking hours and hours or even days and days.


So spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem, thinking about what causes the problem, what is the outcome that you want, really dig down into what causes this problem, ask yourself 5 times “why” really dig down asking yourself why, on each answer to the question why, ask yourself why again … for 5 times.

You will find out by the end of the 55 minutes that you will have or are likely to have a different problem to deal with than what you first thought.


You then have 5 minutes to implement the solution.


Now this could be that 5 minutes is putting a plan together as it’s a big problem, so you need to set a goal or enlist the help of someone else.

So it doesn’t mean the problem is solved in 5 minutes, but that the way you are going to solve the problem is very clear and you have a very clear deadline.


It's a good one for your health and wellbeing, it stops you getting stressed about your problems.


You can come here anytime to re-read this to remind yourself of what it is you need to do to solve your problems,


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