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.
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 Wednesday  for more try this at home suggestions.

The One Minute Rule Try This at Home Tip helps you focus upon what you can complete in one minute to make life easier.

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  1. Anthea on August 2, 2017 at 8:10 am

    These posts are great and I agree that a clean sink and counter make one feel more organised. I’m going to put this 1 minute rule to work this evening.

  2. Beth Kondrick on August 2, 2017 at 10:23 am

    We could definitely do better on the dishes. Seems like our counter is always full and somehow we do more work to clean up just to make dinner than we do making dinner!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 3, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      That’s what I often found that in the kitchen. It can be so frustrating. It takes some time to put it in practice but it does help.

  3. Akaleistar on August 2, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I need to try the one-minute rule. I’m always putting off email responses…

  4. Jessica Bradshaw on August 2, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I love this!! I am so bad about throwing my clothes on the floor. It really does save time later. Great tips.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Jessica!! It does make is so much better when we don’t come home to a pile of clothes.

  5. Shann Eva on August 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    This is such a great tip. I need to get everyone in my house to practice it when it comes to putting their dirty clothes in the hamper. I, personally, need to work on the email responses too.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      I think you can get them to do it! It’s about making it a habit so it may take some time. Oh, those emails…..

  6. Bourbon & Lipstick on August 2, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    You know I love this series! Like you, I’m pretty good about this… but I can always improve. I’m especially bad about emails.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Truth be told, I’m horrible with the emails myself. I’ve gotten to where I just take care of everything on the weekend and it takes some time… it wouldn’t if I only did it when I read it.

  7. Divya Budhraja on August 2, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I tried to implement this after reading The Happiness Project. I feel like I go through phases. Sometimes, I’m like “YES. Put clothes back RIGHT AWAY.” And then sometimes, I’m like, “Oh well. I’ll just spend 10 minutes doing that this weekend.”

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 3, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      I do know what you mean about phases specifically with clothes. I do have to say it works best for me with dishes/recycling and putting my coat up! As long as we do it some of the time it helps.

  8. shootingstarsmag on August 2, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Oh, I love Gretchen Rubin. I really need to re-read her Happiness books. It’s been awhile. This is a great idea!! I could use that for certain emails too.


    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      I haven’t read The Happiness Project in years but need to pull it out. And yes, it’s perfect to use with emails – rather than read and do nothing, send it where it needs to go.

  9. Kim L on August 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Make the bed when you get up…don’t leave it for later.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      That is actually another Try It at Home Tip I’ve written about. Making your bed not only takes a short amount of time but also is an automatic accomplishment!

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