Hanging up your coat, texting your mom back, making your bed, tossing your junk mail, sticking your coffee cup in the dishwasher. It’s all so easy. So why do we let little messes pile up until it’s mayhem?
Here’s the deal: if something takes less than a minute to complete, do it right then and there.
Without much effort, the one minute rule will simultaneously clean up your life and psyche. Once you get in habit of dealing with the little things – taking that empty kombucha bottle out of your car and placing it directly into the recycling; paying that bill online as soon as you rip open the notice – you’ll find time and brain space to tackle the big things.
Repeat after me: keys, phone, sunglasses.
Or whatever it is you’re always losing. I lose everything always so this is for me in every aspect so, every time I’m about to leave the house or my car, I identify where those three items are and announce it out loud as I place them in their appropriate spot.
How embarrassing, huh? You know what’s also embarrassing? Locking your keys in your car for the third time in three months. Or frantically searching for your phone because you absentmindedly tossed it in a coat pocket that you’ve never tossed it in before.
Say you’ve just parked, heading into wherever you’re heading into. Grab your phone, put it in the exact spot it should be (a certain pocket in your purse, for instance) and say “my phone is in my purse.”
If you’re feeling distracted, turn off your cellular data.
I started implementing this tricky little maneuver when, month after month, I’d routinely used 90% of my data limit with 10 days left on my phone cycle. The habit stuck for another reason.
By turning your data off, you only receive notifications and texts and can only access apps when you’re on wifi. So, likely, at home or at work. But when you’re someplace else, all the in-between places, when you probably shouldn’t be checking your phone anyway – while driving or at lunch with a friend, for instance – you won’t receive notifications. Without the dings, I don’t check my phone as often, ultimately saving me from time-sucking distractions.