Years ago, I read something that resonated with me and has become my life mantra!
The one-minute rule. If something takes a minute or less to do, then do it there and then. Don’t procrastinate and leave it for later as there is a high likelihood, it will either never get done or your to-do list will become a mile long, requiring a marathon effort to complete.
For instance, it only takes a few minutes to fold and put away the laundry. Leaving it in the basket ‘to-do’ it later only makes the pile grow bigger until it’s a lost cause.
Similarly, at work, I endeavor to reply to emails when I first come across them. I’ve realized that these mundane tasks never get done when pushed onto my to-do list. In fact, if I don’t do it immediately, I always pay for it later, sometimes spending precious time looking for things when they’re urgently needed.
This is a super simple and effective mantra to stay focused and on top of things. Try and give this rule a go!
Here are a few simple examples to get you started: