Let me start this by saying:
1. Don’t be intimidated by that kettlebell.
2. No, this is definitely NOT a sponsored post for Nike (I just really like my cute new shoes).
Alright, before I tell you how to use The 3 Minute Rule I have to tell you the backstory for how I developed it. This started because I really hate doing dishes. No, really.
The truth is I will do anything in my power to avoid doing dishes. I suppose this wouldn’t really be a problem except for the fact that I write a food blog and all and really need a working kitchen with clean dishes. Hmm.
Since I don’t have a dishwasher I’m constantly forced to do dishes by hand. And every time I would walk by my sink and see the dishes piled up I’d cringe. I then would add another dish to the pile, feel guilty, whine to myself, and walk away again. I finally told myself it was time to change my bad habit and this was how I created The 3 Minute Rule:
The 3 Minute Rule says that you only have to do an activity for 3 minutes. Then if you want to stop, you get to stop. But, if after 3 minutes the activity feels tolerable, you can choose keep going.
It sounds really simple and it is, but for some reason, this absolutely changed my relationship to doing the dishes. Instead of avoiding it, whining, and coming back to an even bigger pile, I started committing to 3 minutes a day. And you know what? After three minutes, I’m usually halfway through the sink full of dishes and am willing to just finish it and get it done. How awesome is that?
I’ve been using a similar technique in my workouts for years where I tell myself that I only have to commit to 20 minutes and then if I’m miserable I can stop. Most often I find myself happily making it to the 45 minute – 1 hour mark, but some days, I really do stop my workout at 20 minutes and I’m really happy with it because I’m just proud that I showed up and committed to that time in the first place.
Some of my favorite posts on this blog involve sharing simple ways that we can be healthier, encourage others in our lives to be healthier, and support each other in our own health goals. I wanted to share this idea of The 3 Minute Rule with you because there are so many ways to apply it to better health, whether it helps you to keep your home cleaner and more organized, get more physical activity into your day, or eat a little better.
How will you apply The 3 Minute Rule to your life to create better health? Leave a comment and share below!