I tried out the ‘three-minute rule’ for housework, exercise and having sex – I was stunned by results 0 181

IS THERE a dreaded job on your to-do list you keep putting off?

You are not alone. A whopping 85 per cent of us are guilty of swerving important must-do tasks.

The SunExperts believe that when a task – including sex – is shortened to just 180 seconds, 98 per cent of participants persevered with it for longer[/caption]

But experts believe the trick to tackling boring jobs could be as easy as one, two, three  . . . minutes.

In a trial, psychologists at Oxford University found that when a task was shortened to just 180 seconds, 98 per cent of participants persevered with it for longer.

Sun writer and self-confessed “queen of procrastination” Georgette Culley admits that she often puts things off until the 11th hour.

Here she tries out the three-minute rule.

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WAXING LEGS

I USUALLY spend more than £60 a month on waxing, but with the cost of living soaring I’m ­having to cut back on luxuries.

I’m still determined to be fuzz-free, though, so I opt for some £1 strips from Poundland.

I cringe as I press the pink, sticky paper on to my leg and count to five before ripping it off.

It takes me about ten attempts to actually do it properly – but not only has the wax taken off the hair, it has ripped a layer of my skin off too, and I’m left with a big, red patch.

There is no way I can do this chore in three ­minutes – with my pathetic pain threshold I’d be here all day.

SPRING CLEANING

Olivia WestIf you stay on top of dusting and do a couple of minutes a day, it won’t build up[/caption]

I HAVE forgotten what the living room rug looks like under all the toy train tracks, crayons and teddies strewn across the floor.

It feels as if it will take me ages to sort through – but I tell myself that a lot can be achieved in three minutes.

I set the timer and manage to pack away a box of toys in two minutes.

I’m admiring my tidy floor when my son totters back in and tips the whole box over again, scattering toys everywhere. Sigh.

I move on to the blinds. My nan told me that if you stay on top of dusting and do a couple of minutes a day, it won’t build up – and she’s right.

Impressively, in less than three minutes I’ve ­finished the shutter blinds in the living room.

PHONE CALLS

THERE’S no such thing as a quick phone call with my mother, so I usually put it off until I’m in the mood for a long natter.

But if I could make a call in three minutes to check in on her, that would be great – so I slyly choose a time when I know she’ll be going out for her Sunday roast.

This way, I figure, she’ll have to end the call first rather than me always feeling like the bad guy when I hang up. It works a treat and I’m off the line in less than three minutes. Result! (Sorry, Mum.)

SORT BILLS

AFTER receiving an eye-wateringly high energy bill, I’m dreading opening the post at the moment.

But I take my mum’s advice and rip off the plaster – or should that be envelope? – containing the next.

Surprisingly, my water bill is not as bad as I had thought. After three minutes I’m on a roll, so I decide to tackle more bills.

I end up spending 20 minutes on admin and have a smug feeling of satisfaction when I neatly file all the paperwork away.

Who is this new me?

GARDENING

AFTER a long, cold winter the lawn is an overgrown mess so I decide to take matters into my own hands and use my partner’s beloved lawnmower.

It is not a huge area that needs doing so I reckon I can complete the job within three minutes if I move quickly.

Not only did completing the task feel good, but the vitamin D from the sunshine helped lift my spirits too.

Afterwards, I am pleased with the result and get out the deckchairs to celebrate with a sit-down and a well-deserved glass of wine.

HOME SPA

Olivia WestGeorgette felt younger and revitalised after using her anti-ageing LED mask[/caption]

I’VE had an anti-ageing LED mask for months but have still not taken it out of the box because I didn’t think I would have time to use it.

But a three-minute light therapy pamper session sounds perfect.

However, I end up looking like the psycho from horror film Halloween and give my son a fright.

Despite looking ridiculous, I find it relaxing and lose track of time as I finally unwind and switch off.

Afterwards I feel younger, revitalised – and pleased that I have finally got round to using it.

HAVING SEX

MOST of us don’t have the energy for a sexathon after a hectic day at work, but three minutes seems manageable enough.

I secretly set the egg timer and pounce on my boyfriend.

After he’s recovered from the shock of my spontaneous burst of passion, our quick-fix session turns into a long, satisfying encounter.

EXERCISING

Olivia WestExperts say that quick spurts of exercise can be more beneficial than slogging away in the gym for hours[/caption]

EXPERTS say that quick spurts of exercise can be more beneficial than slogging away in the gym for hours, which suits me as I’m pretty lazy.

So three-minute runs four or five times a day are perfect for my busy schedule, as I can fit them in around my son and work.

I set my alarm and get going.

Knowing that I only have to do it for three minutes fills me with joy and I have more energy and run faster.

I actually break into a sweat, which I rarely do when I’m jogging for 20 minutes.

And the best bit about it is you don’t even need to leave your house.

You can jog on the spot for three minutes or sprint around your garden.

WASHING UP

Olivia WestAfter three Georgette had washed up several glasses and dishes – it actually took less time than putting them into the dishwasher[/caption]

THE matriarchy is alive in our household as my man does the majority of the housework.

On the rare occasions that I contribute, I ­normally just stuff dirty plates into a dishwasher.

But after a terrifying gas and electricity bill quoting more than £4,500 for a year’s energy, my partner is making us wash everything up by hand and claims it only takes “a couple of minutes”.

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So I set the timer and get cracking.

After exactly three minutes, I have washed up several glasses and dishes left on the side from last night and it actually took less time than putting them into the dishwasher – although I won’t admit this to my partner.

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 40

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

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Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

My partner said he was on a work trip – but he was actually getting married and on his honeymoon 0 28

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry your partner ended your relationship in such a cruel way.

This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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Give yourself time and be kind to yourself. He put you down constantly, now you can start to build up your confidence.

I’d recommend seeing a counsellor to help you with this betrayal and am sending you my Counselling support pack.

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