St. Mark's Hospital - March 18, 2019

Smartphones have made our lives easier in many ways, but they’re also a distraction. The average American checks his or her phone an incredible 52 times a day, according to research from Deloitte. These blinking notifications can drastically impair our ability to concentrate and stay on task. If you can relate, you may benefit from what’s called the “five more" rule, a simple way of improving focus and reaching goals.

How does it work?

It’s easy: Whenever you feel like quitting something—even for a moment to check your email—do five more of whatever it is you are doing.

Reading the novel that’s been sitting on your nightstand? Make it five more pages. Taking a walk through the neighborhood? Walk five more minutes.Tired of exercising? Do five more lunges. Cleaning out the fridge? Clear out five more items.

Research suggests that doing just five more of anything will extend your focus and improve concentration. Not only is it a great form of training, but it will also help you get more done! Win-win.