The 5 minute rule

Law school is EXHAUSTING! Between late nights, lots of homework, and very little time to decompress, it’s really easy to get tired and not want to focus. I have a really hard time focusing in my 75 minute or longer classes especially when they are first thing in the morning or in the early afternoon. Luckily, I’ve come up with the best way to stay focused and still acknowledge that I’m tired.

This is how it works. I look at the clock when I get tired. If it’s not on a number (11:45, 11:30, 12:05, etc.), I don’t leave and tell myself that I can leave at the next 5 minute increment. By the time you look at the clock again, it’s almost always guaranteed to be 11:32 or another random time like that and you have to stay until the next 5 minute increment. If I’m absolutely falling asleep in class or cannot focus, I break the rule and take a short walk around the building.

So far, this has worked wonders for me. It’s easy to focus for 5 minutes at a time. By leaving the option open for me to get up at a 5 minute increment, I look at classes as 5 minutes long instead of 75 minutes. It’s my own belief that professors would rather have you get up quietly and take a short walk than fall asleep in their class. So far, I haven’t had any dissents. I’m really interested to see if this works over the summer when classes are 2+ hours long.


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