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Season 2, Episode 5 – The One Minute Rule
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Season 2, Episode 5
Topic: The One Minute Rule
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of Your Morning JumpStart. This is Bonnie Cribbs and In today’s episode I want to share a rule with you that will help prevent overwhelm, clutter and a crazy long to-do list. It’s called “the one minute rule.” and I think it’s an incredible life-hack – happiness hack – and a great way to get your time back.
Yes, that just rhymed.
Interestingly enough, I rediscovered this rule in a book about happiness. The book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is an entire study on happiness and it provides LOTS of little tidbits that helps maintain and increase happiness. Gretchen kind of mentions this rule in passing as she was sharing some practical ways she increased her energy.
This is rather embarrassing, but I’m going to share it anyway. Hopefully I’m not the only one who has ever been guilty of this….or at least something similar.
Let me start with this…
I like my place to be clean, uncluttered, tidy – working from home, it just makes for a much better work environment. I like bright rooms, lots of natural sunlight and opened windows. ….but I hate to clean. …but that’s another story.
One day while I was unloading the dryer, a dryer sheet fell to the floor and somehow the wind blew it across the wood floors and into my living room. It got stuck between the love seat and a book shelf. Since my hands for full of laundry I said “I’ll pick it up in a few minutes.”
This is the embarrassing part. I looked at, walked by, ignored that dryer sheet, for at least 4 months. I ignored it, but it annoyed me every time I saw that dryer sheet laying there on the floor. ….but I never picked it up. Seriously, it would have taken me less than 5 seconds to pick it up, but I kept waking on by.
I was kind of the same way when it came to responding to emails too, or returning voicemails. Emails would stay in my inbox, totally unanswered, Voicemails just kept piling up, never listened to.
Wiping down the stovetop after cooking got the same type of procrastination. Mind you, I like things nice and clean and tidy and when it comes to my stove – I like it shiny.
And you don’t even want to think about (or smell) all those leftover containers of food that I thought “I need to clean that out of the fridge.” Those little containers take up a lot of space when you don’t empty them.
I’m diabetic, and keep my blood glucose monitor right beside my computer, always within arms length. I can check my blood sugar and administer a shot in about 50 seconds…. but I constantly found myself putting it off. This was literally a life or death situation for me, but I put it off time and time again. And I promise you, I didn’t feel good about it.
Have you heard the saying “how you do one thing is how you do everything?” When it came to taking care of all the details of everyday life, this certainly rang true. I wasn’t just ignoring a few dryer sheets and a few hundred emails, I began to ignore the bigger details of life, too.
Honestly, I think I could name about 100 ways where I was putting off little things that were quickly adding up to chaos, messiness, lack of organization and lack of control in my life. I was allowing little details to build into mass chaos because I simply was not dealing with them.
It was physically draining seeing all of the stuff I was not dealing with.
And that’s where “The One Minute Rule” comes in.
It’s just a principle that says if you can do a task in 1 minute or less, just go ahead and do it.
And I’m telling you, implementing this rule has helped me a ton with efficiency, feeling like I’m in control again, taking away overwhelm and it’s even helped with feeling good about all that I’m accomplishing.
Now I’m incredibly conscious of my actions of I start to put off a task and if it’s going to take less than a minute, I go ahead and do it. I can see why Gretchen wrote about it in The Happiness Project because it seriously helps in creating a good mood and happiness.
Plus, when I find myself being productive and taking care of the details, it flows over into all other areas of my life, too. Again, how you do one thing is how you do everything.
How can you implement The One Minute Rule into your life? I’m telling you, it sure has helped me.
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