The One-Minute Rule

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Think how often we say “I’ll do it later.”

If there’s something that can be done in one minute or less, do it right away.

  • Putting your clothes in the hamper
  • Replying to a text or email (marking it as read and archiving or deleting it)
  • Reading your mail then filing or tossing it
  • Putting your dishes in the dishwasher
  • Saying hello or asking someone about their day
  • Paying your bills
  • Making the bed
  • Meditating
  • Hugging your kids/spouse/parents before you leave

Tasks such as these might sound simple, but think how often we put them off for some unknown future.

Then we wonder why our inbox has 1,000 messages, there’s mail stacked on the counter, dishes are piled in the sink, and we feel stressed and overwhelmed and alone.

I practice to stop thinking in terms of being “too busy” for something or someone. We’re all busy. We all also have the same number of hours in the day. What separates us is how we choose to use them.

Name one thing that you can do in one minute or less. Do it now without delay.

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