Lately it seems as though I don’t have a minute to spare but in reality I just haven’t been managing my time wisely. A while back I posted about Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project and shared my favorite take-aways. One piece of advice I did not share in that post but adhere to is the “one-minute rule.” Lately I’ve been slacking a bit and that might be why I find myself overwhelmed with a laundry list of minuscule items that really aren’t a big deal but as they pile up my stress levels increase.
Rubin’s “one-minute rule” is fairly simple: if it takes one minute to accomplish, simply get it done now. Here are some of the things that might add to the stress in your life but in reality don’t take much time or effort to resolve.
- Sorting, recycling, and filing your mail each day
- Putting laundry away
- Emptying the trash
- Keeping your kitchen sink dish-free
- Tidying up your room before bed
So as I sit here and look at all the things in my house that need to be taken care of, I am reminded of how easy they would have been to do the first time around. Something that takes a minute (ok, maybe a few) and can be done immediately gives you more time for family, meal planning, exercise, and recreation.