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!