Everyone knows the feeling of having a million and one items on their to-do list.
But it doesn't have to be this way!
Using the one-minute rule will change your perspective on how to get things done!
From the moment I wake up, it's go-go-go! There was never any time to make the bed or have breakfast. At work, there is no time to think about home life, let alone lunch. Seven hours later, I would be home and would see my to-do list staring me right in the face. Does it ever stop?
- Dishes piled up
- Clothes everywhere
- Shoot, I’m down to my last clean undies, need to do laundry
- Kitchen, disgusting
- Ugh the bathroom, I don’t even want to use it right now
Finally, it's time to cook, but there's no food! "Make A list," and "Go shopping” are added to the never ending To-Do list.
On top of that, there's gym, family, and oh yeah, SLEEP! Don’t even get me started on hanging out with friends.
I'm exhausted writing about it all.
For many of us, this is life. To be honest, this was my life for a long time and it was tiring. Like Jesse Spano in Save by the bell said, "I'm so excited! I'm soooo... scared!"
Then one day, on the way to work, I was listening to Happier with Gretchen Ruben. Happier is a podcast about introducing better habits into your life to live a happier life. Every episode they provide a "Try This at Home" tip, for all the listeners to try at home. This is where I first heard “the one-minute rule." And boy, was my life changed.
The One Minute Rule
Think about all the things you need to do. Now focus on the ones you can do in one minute or less.
There are so many, right?
When you think about, our biggest struggle is against time. I always wanted more. I always thought I never had enough. I was exhausted from thinking about the time I needed or time I didn’t have.
That's why I love the concept of the one minute rule. I thought I didn't have time, but in reality, I did.
I started small.
In the morning, I dedicated one minute to make my bed, and another for cleaning my breakfast bowl. I did this every day for the first week. Those two tasks were incredibly helpful, especially making my bed. When the bed was made, our tiny one bedroom apartment looked cleaner.
Time became my friend
First off, let me tell you, a minute is a good amount of time. Sixty long seconds to actually DO.
It took a minute to pick up our dirty clothes and put them in the hamper. Instead of one dish in the morning, I'd clean two or three or even a large pot. Next, I'd throw a load in the wash. Fold all the shirts. Cut vegetables for snacks and pack leftovers for lunch the next day. Making my shopping list for the grocery store and buying the groceries online.
The biggest lesson I learned was to not wait to get my to-do list done. Doing one minute tasks many times a day, made life easier.
Dishes are no longer piling up. Cleaning a few dishes while I cooked made the meal enjoyable. Why? Because there wasn’t a sink full of dirty dishes waiting for me afterward.
Picking up clothes while I wait for coffee is a sanity saver.
I never have time to sweep, but a quick vacuum was doable.
Finally, relief in my life! The best part, I regained control of my to-do list.
Why the one minute rule worked?
If you're anything like me, or my friends, you like to get things done. Completely scratched off your list. Does this sound familiar?
You're probably nodding your head, yes.
I'm a doer, give me a list and it will get done. In the past, I couldn't only wash one dish. I had to wash all of the dishes at once. But this is why my to-do list piled up.
My mentality was all or nothing. This mentality was my demise. Breaking up bigger tasks into smaller tasks made my to-do list achievable.
Although it was a hard to break the "all or nothing" habit, it really has changed my life around. If you do a few dishes every time you have a spare minute, it becomes way easier to manage throughout the day. Not to mention how much pain it saves your back!
Ways to use the one minute Rule
- Declutter your home
- Every day household chores
- Do some life admin
Think about all the time you'd get back from using the one minute rule five times a day. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Do you use the one minute rule? What's your favorite thing to do in one minute?