Monday 21 October 2019

Mindful moment… The one-minute rule

'Do the one minute tasks first'
'Do the one minute tasks first'

Marianne Power

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, suggests improving your work and home by the 'one-minute rule'.

The basic idea is that instead of getting overwhelmed and paralysed into inaction by the amount of things that you need to do in your work life, home life or both - do the one-minute tasks first.

So, if your home looks like a bomb site, hang up your coat or pick the clothes off the floor. If work is stressing you out, answer one email. Fill out one form.

The chances are, the rush of satisfaction you get from completing one small task will give you the energy to do the next small task. Then the next. Small and often is the way to tackle our to-do lists.

I think that the same principle could be applied to meditation. Instead of setting goals of meditating every day for 10 minutes - just do one minute. Close your eyes right now and breathe. In and out. In and out.

Now, get on with your day. I hope it's a good one.

* Marianne Power is the author of

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