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How This One-Minute Rule Can Declutter Your Life

Sahajiya Halder

4 min read

Do you ever find yourself postponing small tasks throughout the day, and then feeling overwhelmed when they pile up? You are not alone. This one-minute rule might just be the thing you need to bring some order to your busy schedule.

Making to-do lists can be fun, but actually checking things off them? Not so much. With the hectic routine of our everyday life, there does not seem to be enough time to get it all done. In our bid to focus on the bigger tasks, we can often skip the smaller ones, pushing them back, telling ourselves we can do them later. But when these tiny tasks pile up, it can backfire, slowing down your productivity. Your solution to this could take you just a minute.

The one-minute rule is a concept born of the mind of Gretchen Rubin, author of books such as The Happiness Project. The principle of it is simple—if there is a task that can be done in a minute or under, do not put it off, get it done now. In a blog post, Rubin says that she recommends this “one-minute rule” to people when they ask her for happiness rules or tips, because it is very easy to implement. Be it answering that one email lurking in your inbox, putting away the laundry, or responding to your texts—making yourself complete these minute long tasks that feel tedious as soon as possible can go a long way towards decluttering your life.

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