One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read through The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and blog about it. I have successfully made it through January and cannot wait to see what February has in store. SIDE NOTE: I highly encourage reading the book, you can find it here on Amazon. It is an excellent book and totally worth the money!

stopwatchAs I was reading through the first chapter, Gretchen talks about the “One Minute Rule”. The one minute rule is if a task takes less than one minute DO IT! The moment I read this I said, “I’m doing it!”. Implementing this rule into my day-to-day routine made a huge difference. I still have messes that need to be cleaned and floors that need vacuuming but the amount of time I usually spend cleaning has gone down.

Another energy booster that is discussed in the book is “Toss, restore, and organize”. This is just as it sounds. Toss things you do not need, restore or repurpose items for different uses, and organize your clutter. I recently went through the linen closet, which is not quite put back together. (It was incredibly messy) We also recently purchased a 1920’s dresser, which is significantly smaller than the armoire we had before, and that meant that we needed to go through all of our clothes and only keep items we actually wear.

1920's Dresser


The last thing that I was able to take from this chapter was to “Act more energetic”. When I first read this I laughed. The image of an annoying valley girl cheerleader with air for a brain popped into my head. And of course I thought there is no way I am going to be THAT girl. However, the more I read the more I realized I did not have to be THAT girl but the energy I put off would change. Acting or feeling more energetic does help one make it through the day. Putting this task to practice also helped me see the positive over the negative. I am a realist by nature so seeing the positive is sometimes hard. This challenge really helped brighten my outlook!

There are a few more challenges listed in the first chapter of this book that were harder for me to implement but for now the three above were more than enough!