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1-Minute Rule
to Build ANY Habit

Starting to build a new habit is an exciting process. With time, however, the excitement wears off, and we all face an endless loop of procrastination. We find a reason to skip the habit, then delay it again and again… Until it's not even a habit anymore.

Starting to build a new habit is an exciting process. With time, however, the excitement wears off, and we all face an endless loop of procrastination. We find a reason to skip the habit, then delay it again, and again, and again… Until it's not even a habit anymore.

The truth is – it's okay! Even experienced habit aspirers face this issue sometimes. Our brains are just wired this way. The important thing is not to feel overly guilty about skipping. Instead of beating yourself up, learn to tackle the very real issue of procrastination.

The good news is, there is an easy and extremely powerful method to help you. It's called the 1-Minute Rule.
    The rule is simple: When you don't feel like completing your habit, do a 1-minute variation of it wherever you are. If your habit is exercising, do a quick stretch or 10 push-ups. If you want to start walking in the park, go outside and breathe for a minute. If your new habit is reading, just one page will do.

    The power of this method lies in the lack of possible excuses a procrastinating brain may come up with:

    • Don't have enough time? You can always find a minute in your schedule.
    • Is the habit too challenging? You won't get tired after just one minute.
    • Do you get distracted? The chances of a distraction appearing within the next 60 seconds are extremely low.
    Try to follow the 1-Minute Rule to keep a consistent schedule every day. If your habit involves doing something three times a week, you can also fill in the habit-less days in your calendar with these one-minute versions to make the routine stick quicker.

    You can also extrapolate this rule to other tasks and chores you have. The 1-Minute Rule in these cases goes like this: If a task can be completed in a minute or less, do it immediately. Believe us, loading your dishwasher is much quicker and easier than putting it off and feeling guilty for half a day.

    Stay strong on your path to healthy habits and good luck!


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