Monday, March 2, 2015

happy tools + happy list


I have been testing out different podcasts lately as i'm still trying to recover from Serial. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a podcast called Happier. They said a few things that stuck out to me, but nothing more than this:

To be happier means reducing stress. That's why I live by the one-minute rule. In your house or at work, if something takes less than a minute to do, do it right then. This could mean hanging up your coat instead of throwing it over a chair, or answering a quick email. This prevents all the little stuff from building up so you can focus on the bigger stuff.

I don't really know why it struck such a cord with me but probably multiple times per hour since I have listened to the podcast I have had a little voice in my head say "one minute rule!" whenever I know a simple task can be accomplished right then and I start to walk away from it. 
I have officially been living the one minute rule for a week and I have to tell you, i'm diggin it. My closet is cleaner, I feel like a better wife and I honestly feel less stressed. Cleaning the house Saturday took a quarter of the time because I had spent a matter of seconds during the week taking care of things I don't take care of normally. The biggest thing for me is my shoes. I come into the house and ditch my shoes right by the door. It takes 24 seconds for me to run downstairs and put them in their proper place. I started to time it so that I can use it on myself when I try to make excuses. 

The only fall back is my less than one minute tasks started to add up. I was 5 minutes late for an appointment this week because I got caught up in doing a million "less than one minute" things. So, there's a balance. 

They also said in the podcast to move closer to work so you have a shorter commute. While I can see the happiness factor in this, I mean, I live at the point of the mountain so I know stupid traffic more than anyone, I actually have found that I really enjoy my commute. It gives me the chance to get ready for the day and unwind. So I think just giving yourself some time to let your brain transition each day, that's a good thing. 

What is something you have heard that makes you happier? 

Ok, now on to a happy list.

Mark going grocery shopping so I could stay home/// When Mark rants, it's so hilarious to me///Moochies///the dress debate (sorry, I love weird social media phenomenons like that)///getting my hunter boots that I got for CHRISTMAS in the mail two days ago, such terrible customer service///Mark printing out my entire Instagram feed on Chat Books!///starting to get better at braiding hair///when my students genuinely make me life instead of making me so angry///good blogs with good pictures///decorating my bulletin boards (seriously it's my biggest stress reliever! my room used to be an art room and i'm so grateful because I get to change 4 bulletin boards every other week)///Mark cuddling me as we look through tumblr together///turkey bacon///planning vacations///chocolate milk///Whiplash

I need to be better at writing down funny things people say. I also need to be better at being with other people that aren't Mark. 
Also, I finally scheduled a hair appointment. I am having such the crisis because I saw this picture, thought about how much I love her hair and realizing it was the same color as my hair? but I also have wanted this or this for quite some time so I just don't know.

Anyway, have a great week! If you are looking for something new to try, listen to the This American Life podcast. I love them all!


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3 comments:

  1. cuddling and looking at tumblr together. my favorite one!

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  2. i'm still in serial recovery mode. nothing will ever compare so i've been listening to books on tape...but i'll have to look up "happier!" also - if you're looking for more podcasts, i usually LOVE radiolab. you know, before serial ruined everything for me.

    man, i could really use that 1 minute rule. i am so BAD at that - especially when it comes to putting away clothes/dishes. you've given me my weekly goal, so thank you!

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  3. I live by the less than a minute rule too! It really helps so much.

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