The Five Minute App That Taught Me To Be Awesome.

The Five Minute App That Taught Me To Be Awesome.

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ot that faux-clickbait title working for me, yo. I’m a real lifestyle blogger now.

So I’ve seen the app ‘Five Minute Journal’ mentioned a few times by the odd blogger, both on twitter and on their own blogs, and I’ve been completely intrigued by the idea.

The premise it simple: take a grand total of five minutes out of each day to basically sort your life out. A few mins in the morning when you wake up or eat breakfast or whatever, and a few just before you hit the hay. Pretty chill. Pretty non-intrusive. (And realistically, 5 minutes is way longer than the whole thing takes. I give it two minutes, absolute maximum.)

So how does it work?

On opening the app, the first thing that pops up is one of those motivation quote things. It changes each day and 99% of the time they’re absolutely lovely (and sometimes I just don’t really get them…). Once you’ve hit the little cross in the corner, the home screen appears.

Okay so the morning entry consists of completing three questiony things: three things you’re grateful for, three things that will make your day great, and one daily affirmation to take into your day. It’s super chill and because you’re the only one reading it you don’t have to worry about any of that instagram ‘I’m grateful for avocados’ stuff, unless you want to. Mine tend to be things like being grateful that I don’t have school today, or affirmations that I’m ‘actually pretty cool.’ I tend to fill it in on the metro to school at about 9am but you do you.

The evening half consists of 3 good things that happened today (‘I ate a cupcake’, ‘I didn’t fail my exam’, etc.) and one sneaky little way that you can improve for the next day (‘I’m perfect so…’, ‘eat more pizza’). I fill it in just before bed, post teeth brushing and makeup removing.

Finally, you can add a little picture for the day. A little snapshot of what made you happy or whatever. Good times.

I’m not normally one for things like this. ‘Mindfulness’ or whatever really isn’t my cup of tea. I find it hard to actually relax and so things like meditation and yoga tend to actually just stress me out more. I like to do my own thing and go at my own pace. That said, this app has helped me a lot.

Sure at £3.99 it is kinda steep for something you can easily do yourself with a pen and paper, or even just in your notes app, but that’s cool. I like the structure the app gives my day, the gentle reminders, and the fact that you can look back wherever you are.

I wake up with purpose and go to bed happy that I’ve worked on making the day a little better than the one before and I’m totally down for that. No fuss, no stress, no awful guilt when you haven’t really achieved anything. All chill.

The Five Minute App That Taught Me To Be Awesome.

What keeps you motivated from day to day?
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  • Imogen H says:

    I am SO with you (I swear this is how all my comments on your blog start), on the meditation and yoga being stressful. Like, I have to force myself to do it for about 15 minutes before I’m vaguely in the zone and getting to that 15 minute mark without getting bored/unfocused/stressed because I can’t relax, is the problem! I got the Happiness Planner a while ago and it worked for a bit when I was feeling particularly down, but then I started writing less and less and missed days and then got stressed that I’d missed the days. I find it ultra difficult to properly write about my day but I like filling out bits about what I’m grateful for, what was good about the day etc. That’s nice. Maybe this app would be good because I’m always on my phone before bed anyway…

    Imogen //

  • Parie says:

    Wow, this sounds amazing. Is there a book/journal version of this too? I really need to download the app!

    Parie x

  • Noise in Wonderland says:

    This app sounds adorable!


  • Miu says:

    I am still struggling with motivation from time to time, but I think this app would stress me even more because – I have to do it…

  • MAY CHO says:

    I’ve never heard of the Five Minute Journal, actually, but I’m pretty intrigued at this point. I’m not one for mindfulness as well but this seems…doable. Might actually go check it out or DIY it myself.


  • Lix Hewett says:

    Oh, interesting. I’ve tried journaling in so many ways and so many times. I do meditate regularly, or at least practice mindfulness if I don’t get round to meditating, and it helps a lot! I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it, but the trick for me was sticking to audio files for those ten minutes, even if I thought about other things, and I’ve been able to do that on my own since I finished the free Headspace recordings. But I downloaded Day One a while back for journaling and I haven’t opened it in months. I do post to lj/dw at least once a week, though; I think that’s kind of taken up that journaling space, to an extent? IDK IDK.

  • Martha Jane says:

    This is really cool. I don’t think I’d bother filling in a notebook, but having an app makes so much more sense. Such a good idea x

    Martha Jane |

  • Aimée Julia Cottle says:

    I really like the idea of this app! I don’t usually pay for apps, but I might make an exception for this one. x x

  • Camille Brillo says:

    I love this idea! Might try this app! ?? x

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