Welcome Back to the second edition of Try This At Home. In July I restarted my popular Try This At Home Series. 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.
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 Wednesday for more try this at home suggestions.