If you ask me, the one-minute rule is fantastic.
This is especially helpful if you are the kind of person that tends to put things off.
Plain and simple: If it can be done in a minute or less, do it right then.
- Instead of dropping a dish in the sink, rinse it off and put it in the dishwasher.
- Take the trash all the way out to the dumpster, rather than sitting it on the back porch.
- And file that piece of paper away, rather than piling it on the desk.
Try it. I mean, who knows?
You may find many of your daily chores already completed.
I started to apply the “one-minute rule”; I didn’t postpone any task that could be done in less than one minute. I put away my umbrella; I filed a document; I put the newspapers in the recycling bin; I closed the cabinet door. These steps took just a few moments, but the cumulative impact was impressive.
-Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project