My WOTY is ‘TIME‘ – using my time wisely to make the most of every day of my life. Now that is a noble goal and one I’m sure many of you would find important – using your time wisely, but, life isn’t straight forward and who doesn’t prefer a little curve in the road to bring surprise into our lives?
I am a fairly organized person. I love my diary and am old school in that I use a physical diary rather than my smartphone. I use the diary to record everything – appointments, ‘to do’ lists, notes and ideas. I’m a list girl from way back and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I tick items off my ‘to do’ list.
But what happens when procrastination starts to creep in and there are less ticks on the ‘to do’ list?
I recently read an article about the ‘1-minute’ rule and as a minute is a measure of TIME, it was worth reading as it fit well into my WOTY focus.
What is the ‘1-minute’ rule?
You may already know but I found it a neat ‘hack’ to ensure that my ‘to do’ list is running along nicely with completion ticks and isn’t becoming overwhelming as my list grows longer. It is also something that you can apply to many areas of your life – not just the ‘to do ‘ list.
Gretchen Ruben, author and happiness expert, came up with this very easy idea:
It’s very simple: I must do any task that can be finished in one minute. Hang up my coat, read a letter and toss it, fill in a form, answer an email, note down a citation, pick up my phone messages, file a paper, put a dish in the dishwasher, replenish the diaper supply by the changing table, put the magazines away…and so on.Gretchen Reuben
Basically, If a task will take you a minute or less to complete, do it as soon as you realize it needs to be done. Remember, it must not take longer than 1 minute.
Now that doesn’t sound too hard does it?
The benefits of using the ‘1-minute’ rule?
- It helps you stay on top of things by getting the little things out of the way
- Reduces stress, anxiety and overwhelm
- It only takes literally ‘1-minute’
- Your self-confidence grows as you start achieving things – even if they are small at first. You will soon find yourself tackling longer tasks to tick off.
- You feel a sense of accomplishment – What did I do today? Wow!
- You will actually be more productive with your time and can enjoy leisure time rather than feeling guilty because you are procrastinating.
Ideas of how you can use the ‘1-minute rule’ every day
- Housework – it helps you stay on top of things like reducing clutter. How hard is it to hang up your clothes, put the coffee cup into the dishwasher, clear the clutter from benchtops because you are putting things away where they belong as you use them?
- Emails – how many of us have an overflowing Inbox, filled with probably emails which we don’t even open because they are of no interest. For me, lately I’ve been unsubscribing as soon as I decide I’m not interested. Perhaps taking the 1-minute rule to delete or unsubscribe as you read, rather than leaving the email unopened will make your Inbox much cleaner and more manageable.
- Do 1-minute of squats or walking on the spot throughout the day. The minutes will build up and you will find you start to increase the time.
I’m going to incorporate the ‘1-minute’ rule into my day, staring with my ‘to-do’list and then look at others areas in my life. I’m sure it will make life much easier, less stressful and probably give me more time to do other things I enjoy.