Take Five! A Simple Step to Get Things Done


“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”



One of my favorite places to speak is at women’s retreats. Participants have the time and space to reflect on the strategies I share and connect with other women for support and perspective. Surrounded by nature, you can’t help but feel inspired to be your best.

This past weekend, I presented Work-Life Balance Wisdom at a women’s retreat at one of my favorite getaways, Callaway Gardens.


The fabulous and funny Karen Drucker was our keynote speaker and performer for the weekend. Karen’s empowering music was the soundtrack to writing my book. Her uplifting melodies and messages kept me going when I wanted to give up.

In fact, when I was putting the finishing touches on “Working with Wisdom” back in 2005 and needed a few more stories, I called Karen and she shared one on how she trusts her intuition. You can learn more about Karen and enjoy her music at www.karendrucker.com. 

One of the pieces of wisdom Karen shared last weekend was that anyone can do just about anything for five minutes. I call it “Take Five!”

When you return from a conference or retreat, you’re often inspired to challenge yourself, pursue goals that are important to you and develop healthier habits. You might need to clean out some clutter, get active or write a book, and feel overwhelmed by the idea of just starting. Set a timer for five minutes and begin.

In five minutes, you can pull ten things from your closet that are destined for Goodwill, do some stretching and 20 sit-ups, or draft an outline for that best-seller. When the alarm goes off, you can stop and at least you got a little done. Chances are you might choose to take advantage of the momentum and continue.

“Take Five!” is such a simple strategy with powerful results. Try it and let me know how it works for you!

2 thoughts on “Take Five! A Simple Step to Get Things Done

  1. Diane Bogino Reply

    Tricia; This is good advice and one of my time management tools. When I make out my to do list, I put down the time I can or need to devote to projects for that day. Example:
    1. Write on blog 1 hour
    2. Write proposal for XYZ company 30 minutes
    3. Research training project for PQR Industries 45 minutes
    4. Analyze two assessments for LMP Bank
    5. Work on script for next video 1 hour
    Whatever. It is a great tool and really takes the pressure off from feel overwhelmed. Thanks for another good one.

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