Book Review: Workbook – The 5 Second Rule – A Useful Addition To The Original?

Title: Workbook – The 5 Second Rule

Author: Julie Ann Price

Genre: Self-help, Self-Improvement

Publisher: W.O.O. Publishing

Publication Date: June 20th, 2017

My Thoughts:

I am wary of books that are based on other books, in general. However, I do enjoy workbooks and find them a useful addition to some of the more practical and potentially complex self-help books, so when the Author does not offer something in that nature as a companion book, I am forced to look elsewhere.

This is how I ended up reading Workbook – The 5 Second Rule. For those of you who have not read the original book this workbook is based on – The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins – you should pick it up, it can be life changing if you let it. However, this workbook is pretty basic in its content, and more a companion journal than anything else.

It is divided into three section

  1. Fitness/Weight Loss
  2. Worry/Fear
  3. Productivity

In its core, that is enough – I agree with the Author on that point – that most of our life goals, and plans – as well as what we need to work on personally – lies within these three categories. Therefore working on them, in 30 Day increments, as the book suggests is wise.

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Yet, I think that most readers of The 5 Second Rule can come up with a more tailored program for themselves. This workbook is a springboard, just as the main book is, from which basis you can create whatever change you need to create in your life.

I think this workbook is useful, but not detrimental and necessary, and does not bring anything new to the table.

Book Rating:

3.5 out of 5 Stars


Book Summary:

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins is a wonderful book that helps you eliminate bad habits. This workbook picks up where Robbins left off.

The workbook allows you to put into practice what you learned in the book. Even if you haven’t read the book, you can still use this workbook. The workbook summarizes the 5 Second Rule and then walks you through how to use it to lose weight, worry less and stop procrastination.

This is a JOURNAL/WORKBOOK. You are expected to do work – not just read. This book consists of lined pages and journal exercises for you to chart your daily progress using the rule. This is not in anyway meant to duplicate the work of Mel Robbins. If you are not interested in tracking your progress daily, then this book is not for you.

I have completely redesigned the workbook in response to customer feedback. I take my reviews very seriously and have redesigned each page to be more visually pleasing.

The font is set at 13 points because I want all readers to be able to view the text. There are very rarely any large print journals or workbooks available and if you are like me, you struggle to read the small print.

In addition, the summary of the book is intentionally brief. This book is not meant to be a summary book, but a journal to get you to take action. You can learn the 5 Second Rule in about 5 seconds. Any more is just overkill.

Mel Robbins spends a lot of time in her book sharing stories. This journal is not meant to tell other people’s stories. It is meant for you to create your own stories and write about your personal experiences. It is more of a journal than a workbook in that regard.

The entire point of this book is to help you take action and implement the 5 Second Rule in your life. There are 3 sections or journals included in the workbook – a 30-day Challenge for Weight Loss, another for Productivity and a third one on ending Anxiety. You can do them in any order.

Simply learning what the 5 Second Rule is isn’t powerful – putting it to use is!


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