One rule to break resistance and to start accomplishing tasks

I have a problem starting things - writing, coding, working out, name it. For some reason, I resist some of my tasks. I put them away, procrastinate, do something else or nothing. It's not the best usage of my time.

When I'm in this situation, I follow a simple rule to force myself to make progress in whatever I have to do.

Just do it for 5 minutes.

That's it.

I just start and force myself to do that thing for 5 minutes. Those 5 minutes are enough to break any resistance I have against any task. I get enough momentum to push myself forward and accomplish my tasks.

For writing, I write whatever comes to my head first. It's rubbish but it gives a starting point to move forward. The same is for coding - I put out there the kernel of an idea and work around it and with it until it is done.

When I resist working out, I do a couple of burpees. It's enough to break me and get into exercising.

The 5-minutes rule is like spinning a flywheel - it's hard at the beginning but once you get it spinning, making it spin faster is easier.