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The 15 Minute Rule [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Buchanan
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Fifteen Minute Rule sets out to help us tackle those things that we are always putting off: starting an exercise regime, looking for a new job, doing our tax returns or learning a new skill. Or perhaps doing something to improve the quality of life, by learning to fight depression or confront an annoying habit. Perhaps it's simply clearing the huge pile of clutter from your desk. Whatever it is, all you need is fifteen minutes and before you know it, some weeks later, you have accomplished a task you couldn't bring yourself to start.

The hardest thing to overcome when you're trying to start something daunting and new is to actually start. That mountain of paperwork in front of you that looks like it will take hours to go through and hours of mind-numbing sorting is hard to contemplate for most - but fifteen minutes isn't. Fifteen minutes is manageable and can bring minor and major results, each one providing satisfaction and a boost in self-esteem.

This book is for those people who need instant gratification and also those long-term players who recognise the benefits of consistency and dedication.

Product Description

Book Description

An inspirational book that shows you how just fifteen minutes can help you to start all those jobs you have been putting off as well as helping make those changes to your life that you never quite get round to.

About the Author

Caroline Buchanan has been the agony aunt for Now magazine for 14 years, and before that worked in the same capacity for Here magazine and Candis magazine. She has written three self-help books: The Sensuous Slimmer, Caught in the Act and The Single Parent's Survival Guide and has featured on radio and television.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0716022605
  • Publisher: Robinson (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RYLVO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all - no need to buy the book! 29 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
How silly of me... I expected the book to expand on the concept of the 15 minute rule.... instead, all I needed to do was read the cover (and these reviews) and could have saved buying the book.

So, in summary, take a task you don't want to do and spend 15 minutes starting it... if you feel you can continue, then do so in 15 minute segments. If you want to stop, then OK. Do another 15 minutes another time.

Such a simple idea - why didn't I think of it before? Hmm...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of theory, get to the point. 9 Nov. 2013
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I relate to the principe of the book. Unfortunately for me there is too much prose/ filler by the author, which is unnecessary. Good points if you can make it through the waffle. Skim read, take the main points on board. Avoid the need to read every single motivational quote. - save yourself 15 minutes!
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126 of 134 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just about OK for 99p ... 24 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read it because it was on offer for 99p - Kindle deal of the day. That felt like an OK price.
Nearly all the advice can be found in other self-help books, plus the inspirational quotes are ones that have been used many times before. It has quite an upbeat feel and promises a great deal about fulfilling potential etc.

The technique itself is a bit like Pomodoro-Lite. You can find details of this technique free on the web.
Basically this is what you need to know:

1) Buy yourself a kitchen timer.
2) Decide what you are going to tackle - the writer uses an example of doing a tax return
3) Make sure you don't need to go to the loo or are desperate to have a cup of tea or make an urgent 'phone call.
4) Set timer for 15 minutes
5) Sit down and Focus completely on task for 15 minutes and STOP when timer goes off.
6) Go off and do something else
7) Keep repeating in 15 minute blocks and you will retrain yourself to get things done.
The idea is that you can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes.

The good thing is - it only cost me 99p and I don't have to look at it on my shelf - I can just delete it from my kindle.
(The reviewer who gave the book 1 star was suspicious of the 5 star reviews, because it was their first review.
This is also my first review.)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's enough to read the title! 2 Sept. 2012
By Mike N
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There's nothing wrong with the advice contained within this book, but really the title is one big spoiler, and the author seems a bit desperate in places when trying to string out the concept to make a whole book.

I paid 99p for it, so I'm not too upset. I notice the price is currently over £5. If I'd paid that much I would feel a bit of a mug having shelled out so much for so little.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing beyond the title 28 Dec. 2013
By Asl23
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The idea is a sound one, well tried and tested under a number of different labels:

Essentially, you need to set aside a fixed period of short time, avoid interruptions and focus on the task in hand. This is a good way of getting things started or making progress.

That's it! The whole book is padded around this one good idea. If being efficient with your time is your aim, don't waste it reading the bland and uninspiring anecdotes that fill is book.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my whole outlook! 26 Feb. 2012
I'm not really one for "self-help" books as a genre, but this one is bite sized (practising what it preaches!), delivering common sense advice and relatable insight. I can't recommend it enough. I'm definitely a bit of a procrastinator, tending to focus all my efforts on one area of my life and this book totally changed my whole outlook, allowing me to achieve more of a balance and actually get things done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and impressive in its simplicity 12 Jan. 2014
I really enjoyed this book. The author clearly has an insight into the working mind. This book has given me practical and easy to follow ideas to prevent avoidance. I found this book to be a page turner and full of tips to encourage me into action. I have decided that this book will be my NEW YEAR BIBLE 2014.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed 16 Dec. 2012
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Found this when I was browsing for a book to read. As I was procrastinating about getting the VAT and accounts done I thought I would read it. It worked. Instead of shying away from doing chores I hate I use the rule and quite often things like VAT, which I dread, actually aren't so bad and 15mins is a start. Very useful. I haven't read all the book yet but it kicked started me!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Malcolm F. Hurry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
some good ideas
Published 5 months ago by mrs L
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
common sense but really useful to have it on one place
Published 5 months ago by mg
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Published 7 months ago by Bill Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars I have put aside 15 mins to review this product ...
I have put aside 15 mins to review this product. Get it, read it do it. My to do list has shrunk dramatically.
Published 9 months ago by Mike Howarth
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and repetitive!
Lots of repetition about taking 15 minutes to do this and that. A lot of the information really is common sense. Thank goodness it wasn't a very long book as it bored me!!
Published 10 months ago by Crafty Dutchess
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE if u need to declutter.
Fab book and a really easy read. Amazingly it actually works. Finally after 2 yrs I've made a dent in my junk room. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It is a very good read which I found instructive and informative and can recommend it. It is also competitively priced
Published 10 months ago by Mr D A Forth
2.0 out of 5 stars 15 minutes? I think not
Most of the stuff I need to do takes longer than 15 mins which the book clearly points out, but some of this stuff you simply cannot leave after 15 mins, for eg wallpapering, the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by clair bulkeley
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