If your to-do list is still way too long even after you hustle to cross things off every day, we feel you. It’s not that we’re slacking, we’re just not getting as much done as we’d like. But this quick trick from happiness expert Gretchen Rubin can help us feel like we’re making progress. She calls it the one-minute rule.
The idea is that before you tackle the biggie items on your to-do list, you get all the easy stuff done first. Specifically, start with the tasks you can accomplish in a minute or less. So instead of organizing your closet, cleaning out the pantry, or finally finishing your kid’s baby book, you focus on hanging up bags and coat in the entryway, tossing junk mail, or starting a load of laundry.
It might not seem like it would make a big difference, but getting those little, annoying tasks out of the way makes you feel like you’re accomplishing something. Plus, you may feel calmer and like you’re more in control, so you can focus on the to-dos that’ll take a little longer - we’re looking at you, garage full of clutter. And when you’ve managed to cross off half the items on your list in no time at all, think of how much else you can complete with all your time left over.