Five Minutes Can Make All the Difference

Just five more minutes.
Every morning I am convinced that my alarm clock is set too early. It can’t be time to get up yet.
Every morning I am wrong.
So I press snooze and catch an extra five minutes of sleep. Just five minutes.
Do they really make a difference?

Five minutes are a long time.
In five minutes you can catch or miss a bus, make an important phone call, eat a sandwich, you can encourage someone or tear them down,  heat up food and clean the bathroom.  Five minutes decide if you encourage someone or tear them down.

Five minutes can make a difference.


Three years ago I wrote my first post for Five Minute Friday.
A friend had told me about it and I wanted to try it out. There’s a prompt word for each week and then you write for five minutes flat.
No editing, no overthinking. Just link up your piece to the community and read what others wrote.

I was nervous.
What if I had nothing to write about?
What if my writing sounded boring and plain?
What if no one wanted to read my words?

I have been blown away.
When I first started I didn’t think I could do a lot of writing in five minutes. I have been proven wrong. With time I realized a change in my writing, it’s like a muscle that comes to life when you exercise it. Friday mornings are some of my favorites because I fully focus on one thing and see where it takes me. I never know where I’ll end up with these five minutes, but they make all the difference.


In the last three years I have met a great community of writers who encourages and challenges each other. Everyone has a different cultural and writing background, everyone can bring something unique to the table. People from all over the world read your words and add theirs. And this makes all the difference.

Five minutes matter. Whether you have a cup of coffee, run to catch a bus, encourage someone or write: Use them well.

Writing for Five Minute Friday. You should definitely head over to the website today for a special announcement: The Five Minute Friday books comes out Monday, September 26! I am featured in it, so you should get a copy. 🙂

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

13 thoughts on “Five Minutes Can Make All the Difference”

  1. So true that five minutes can make a big difference. I am always amazed by what is possible in five minutes at FMF and have loved connecting with this community. Looking forward to seeing the book!

  2. Katha, this community is such a gift. My snooze button is nine minutes and I hit it way more than I should too. I’m over in the 37 spot this week.

  3. I don’t know, Katha. I am definitely not a morning person and I think 5 minutes in the morning are a whole lot shorter than 5 minutes in the evening. 🙂
    Can’t wait to read the book!

  4. Good thoughts, five minutes is a lot of time. I’m going to see if I can clean up a day’s worth of toddler mess in five minutes so I can get back to writing, now they are both curled up in bed!

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