The five-hour rule
Throughout Ben’s adult life, he consistently invested roughly an hour a day in deliberate learning. I call this Franklin’s five-hour rule: one hour a day on every weekday.
Franklin’s learning time consisted of
1) Waking up early to read and write
2) Setting personal-growth goals (i.e., virtues list) and tracking the results
3) Creating a club for “like-minded aspiring artisans and tradesmen who hoped to improve themselves while they improved their community”
4) Turning his ideas into experiments
5) Having morning and evening reflection questions
Every time that Franklin took time out of his busy day to follow his five-hour rule and spend at least an hour learning, he accomplished less on that day. However, in the long run, it was arguably the best investment of his time he could have made.
Franklin’s five-hour rule reflects the very simple idea that, over time, the smartest and most successful people are the ones who are constant and deliberate learners.
So what would it look like to make the five-hour rule part of our lifestyle?