Stress Relief Tool – One Minute Rule

Completing just a single simple task reduces the stress associated with being overwhelmed.

Ever notice how chores or work piles up to the point where it feels overwhelming to even get started? Procrastination is often a vicious cycle because you delay and then you have less time to complete the project, so you get anxious, procrastinate more, have even less time, which makes you even more stressed.

Well, the one-minute rule could be your answer. Pick a single task that takes one minute or less to complete. For example:1

  • Hang up a coat
  • Read a letter and toss it
  • Fill in a form
  • Answer an email
  • Jot down a citation
  • Pick up phone messages
  • File a paper
  • Put a dish in the dishwasher.

Completing just a single simple task can build positive momentum and help give you the confidence and energy to work on other tasks. It reduces the stress associated with being overwhelmed by giving you a sense of accomplishment and progress.


  1. Rubin, G. – Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

Leave a Reply