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The 5-hour rule advocates actively learning something new or engaging in a variety of activities for at least one hour each workday. You can progress both personally and professionally by doing this as you pick up new abilities and information. Additionally, it might assist you in keeping your knowledge of specific topics current.

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The 5-hour rule's central tenet is that investing at least five hours a week in deliberate learning can have enormous long-term advantages, regardless of how successful or knowledgeable you are. The majority of those that use it divide the time into three different categories:


Reading regularly might help you unwind and gradually increase your knowledge. You normally need reading goals, which could be expressed as a specific number of chapters per day or books per month, in order to use that time as effectively as possible.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk reads to learn how to construct rockets. On the other hand, Bill Gates is known for bringing books on vacations and is believed to read at least 50 volumes a year. You must start reading a book. If you consider yourself a slow reader, you may start out by finishing a chapter. If you are a new reader, you may start with the books that are easy to read.


You can utilise your five hours to learn and absorb knowledge, as well as test out new hypotheses. You can become more innovative and creative by putting your academic knowledge into practice. You can even utilise failed experiments as a teaching tool.

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SpaceX wouldn't be the first private firm to launch a rocket into orbit and have it land on Earth unharmed if Elon Musk hadn't dared to try new things. Without Jack Ma's experimentation with Alibaba, Goldman Sachs and Softbank would not have become Alibaba's original backers. He even suggests using the information learned from books in practical situations.


Analysing information is known as ideating. The five hours you have available each week can be used to read and then reflect on the knowledge you gained from the books, in addition to reflecting on various occurrences at work or in your personal life.

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After finishing the book, try to put your thoughts in writing. The ability to effectively reflect on the events of the day and take appropriate action will become apparent over time. You can also write down any queries you may have in your head. At the same time, it assists you in learning new information and updating previously learned material. It aids in the growth of both your current and new skills.

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Updated: 16 Aug 2022, 08:19 AM IST
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