One of the rules that I follow on a daily basis is what I call "Reggie's Three Minute Rule."
Every weekday morning before I leave for the office I go through our apartment straightening it up a little bit, here and there. I walk into a room, pause, look around to see if anything is amiss, and I take care of it if time allows. I devote no more than a few minutes to doing this task, and sometimes less. By this point in the morning I've already made our bed and tidied up the kitchen and the bathroom, so the "big" stuff has already been taken care of. My focus here is on doing one or two extra little bits of tidying that I can accomplish quickly before walking out the door. It could include picking up an empty coffee mug left sitting on the chest of drawers in our bedroom, or plumping the squashed pillows on the sofa, or putting yesterday's shoes away in the closet.
The goal is to make where we live a more welcoming and serene environment for when we return to it at the end of a busy and oftentimes stressful day. That way we can focus on unwinding and preparing for the evening, rather than taking care of the niggling little tasks left behind for us to "do later." In my view, spending just a few extra minutes taking care of these tasks at the beginning of the day, versus later, is time well spent, and well worth the minimal effort required.
And that, Dear Reader, is why I follow this "rule."
Tell me, do you also follow such a rule?
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