Less Than a Minute

Just a few months ago, I came across this great tip in a magazine:

If a task will take you less than a minute to complete, do it now.

Though I sometimes forget, I’ve made this a law in my own life—at home and at work. It keeps me from putting little things off until they become big things and it gives me something to check off my to-do list.

And I LOVE checking things off my list. I’m so type-A that I’ll often add things I’ve already done to my list just so I can check them off. I add past events to my calendar. I re-write my grocery list if my writing’s too messy. Okay, that last one’s not true. But it used to be, kinda. When I was in elementary and middle school, I’d re-write my notes if I thought my handwriting was too messy.

But my favorite thing about living by this little rule is that doing a few little things motivates me to do a few bigger things. And before I know it, I’m being productive. I love the snowball effect! Here’s to hoping it works on this week’s list! (And though I wouldn’t put it past myself to make a to-do list just for the sake of making one, I did actually already have this one saved on my computer.)

Do you have any rules like this for yourself? I’m always up for trying a bit of useful advice.