Gretchen Rubin

Video: Want To Keep Clutter under Control? Follow the “One-Minute Rule.”

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Order. Last week’s resolution was Don't get organized. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Follow the one-minute rule. This rule holds that if I can do a task in less than a minute, I should go ahead and do it -- no procrastinating. Scan a letter and toss it, put a dish in the sink, hang up my coat, etc. Following this rule means that, to a large extent, the scum of clutter in my life is under control, and for me, as for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Need a simple and effective way to get your life under control? Try the "one-minute rule."
Why clearing clutter isn't as frivolous an occupation as it seems.
Personal productivity: 9 helpful yet REALISTIC tips.

If you're new, here’s information on the 2010 Happiness Challenge (or watch the intro video). It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For more ideas, check out the Happiness Project site on Woman’s Day.

NOTE: I was thrilled to be invited to join the YouTube Partners Program, which means that I get to customize the page for my YouTube Channel. I haven't managed to do this yet, but stay tuned (excuse the pun). I hope to make it more inviting and rich. While you're watching the weekly video, please subscribe to my channel!

* Speaking of new features, I'm also thrilled because now, when you post something in your Happiness Project Toolbox, you can check a box so your entry also appears on Facebook. Yay! For example, if you post a quotation on your Inspiration Board, for example, it will appear on Facebook, if you choose.

If you haven't looked at the Happiness Project Toolbox, check it out. There are eight free tools to help you create and track your own happiness project.

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