Welcome Back to the second edition of Try This At Home. I was so excited to hear that many readers were interested in my first post last week. As a reminder, Try This At Home is my review of the weekly tips and suggestions that Gretchen Rubin provides in her Happier podcast and books The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. This series will provide my honest thoughts in regards to the tips that I have tried or currently use on a regular basis..
Today’s try this at home tip involves utilizing the one minute rule. In many ways this rule plays off of the tip of taking one thing with you when you leave a room. This rule encourages you to complete a task if it can be done in less than one minute. In many ways this doesn’t seem like a difficult task but there are likely moments when it is not accomplished.
Here are a few examples of when the one minute rule can be utilized.
- Hanging up a coat rather than placing it on a chair or the couch.
- Putting dishes in the dishwasher rather than placing them in the sink or in the counter.
- Placing junk mail in the recycling bin rather than keeping it on the desk or counter after opening.
- Taking dirty laundry to the hamper rather than leaving it on the bed (or in the floor).
- Responding to an email immediately rather than reading and planning to respond at a later time.
In many ways, I have always tried to follow the one minute rule even before I had a name to give the task. It is a habit to always put my dirty dishes in the dishwasher and I consistently put my laundry in the hamper. Additionally, I’ve become more consistent regarding the junk mail and recycling it immediately..
An area I would like to improve upon is responding to email that simply needs a short response. As I have my multiple emails forwarded to one primary account, I am consistently receiving emails. Many do not need a response and can be deleted or filed away while others need the short response that does take less than one minute. I have also found that it is probably best that I only answer emails from one device rather than answering from both my phone and laptop.
How does utilizing the one minute rule make life easier? Consider how taking small and gradual steps is typically completed without a large amount of effort. Placing the glass in the dishwasher saves time of having to spend several minutes loading it. Additionally, a clean sink or counter makes one feel better. The same can be said of the other tasks mentioned above.
Do you already practice the one minute rule in your life? If not, do you see how it could be helpful?
Don’t forget to come back next Tuesday for more try this at home suggestions.