Deadlines have their advantages, but creativity may not be one of them.
Quite often, when we make a three item start, we realize that it's not that difficult to keep going and we decide to do a few more and maybe a few more after that. Sometimes we feel so much in the 'groove' that we decide to do the whole darn lot in one go.
Everyone has procrastinated in their life, and for those who say they haven't: I applaud. But the majority of us have all found something that seemed more important to do than the actual task that we had at hand.
What should your life look like at 22? What should it look like at 30? What should it look like at 40? 45? Get a good idea. I know you've thought about it. Ok. Got it? Good. Now, put a big fat "X" through that picture and spit on it.
Yes, the biggest magic of the five-minute rule comes from the fact that often, for procrastinators, starting is the hardest part.
I've tried imagining the next time in my life I'll knock on somebody's door holding out a bag to collect candy. Frightening enough, the only time I could think of is when my future children go trick-or-treating. Kind of puts life in perspective, doesn't it?