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10 Chores that Can Be Completed in One Minute or Less

10 Chores that Can Be Completed in One Minute or Less

Cleaning can sometimes be overwhelming, with some chores seeming to take hours and others nearly impossible to complete. One thing I've always done when I have a long day of cleaning ahead of me is to start small. Getting small chores done and observing their results tends to provide me with the inspiration I need to complete my longer to do list. Apartment Therapy has come up with a list of Ten Household Items You Can Clean in One Minute. Whether you use cleaning these objects as a springboard for the rest of your chores or simply a way to make your home cleaner in ten minutes, this list will surely come in handy.

One area that probably needs a serious cleaning is your ceiling fan. I always thought that it was a tedious, dirty job, but Apartment Therapy recommends you hold a pillowcase at the end of the blade to collect the falling dust, making this chore so much simpler. Why didn't I ever think of that!?

Another object that requires your attention is your TV remote. Whether you have small kids who tend to put things in your mouth or you tend to snack on greasy foods while watching your favorite show, your remote is probably covered in a ton of germs. A cloth dampened with a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol will do the trick! To get in between the buttons, dip a cotton swab in the solution and use it to maneuver between them.

All of the tips in Apartment Therapy's article are useful, but which is your favorite? Share below!

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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