One Minute Rule

I don’t like to admit it, but I have the reputation of being a professional procrastinator. Apparently, I find EVERY reason to put things off and do tasks later than I should, Maybe complete it tomorrow or next week…I’m filled with good intentions to get it done…soon. But when the time comes to deliver the goods, well, I’ve been known to arrive at the party empty-handed. Disappoint fills the air. Nobody. Feels. Good.

Fortunately, a friend told me about the One-Minute Rule. Let me tell you, it’s “da bomb!” (Doesn’t anyone say that anymore?) Anyway, the premise is simple: Anything that can be done in one minute should be done immediately. I’m talking RIGHT. NOW.

That means if there is a dish in the sink that would take less than one minute to wash, do it now. If clothes are laying around the house and it will take less than 60 seconds to pick them up and put them away, do it NOW. If a work email comes in that will take less than a minute to respond to, DO IT NOW. Simple, right?!

When you apply the One-Minute Rule several times in a row, you build momentum and keep going, which tricks your brain to STOP. PROCRASTINATING. That’s neuroscience and human nature working together for a remarkable result.

This helps with those small, 60-second tasks, and translates to your bigger, long-term projects, making you overall more productive, more successful, and HAPPY.

I’m happy to report that my reputation precedes me. Now I’m known as the professional presenter. For more details on the One Minute Rule, check out The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Do it right now – it will take less than 60 seconds!

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About The Author
- Daniel is the Executive Producer and web developer of Founder's District TV. He has been a member of Toastmasters Founder's District since 2005 and is now serving as the Club Growth Director for 2015-2016.