The two minute rule

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The two minute rule is a simple concept by David Allen in his book Getting Things Done. It’s considered one of the best books on productivity. I’ve never read the book but I’ve come across the idea of the two minute rule from various blog posts. The idea is; if a task takes less than 2 minutes, do it right now. If it will take more than 2 minutes, write it down.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but I’ve actually struggled with this a lot. If I had to make a quick phone call, shoot someone an email, or even need to clean up my desk before I sit down to do some work, I felt the resistance and I couldn’t be bothered to do the task so always ended up postponing it, or writing it on my to do list which was unnecessary since it was only going to take 2 minutes to do.

When I first read the two minute rule in an article, my eyes lit up and decided to follow this rule constantly. Making it a rule helped me overcome the resistance I’ve been feeling. 

Now that I constantly remind myself of the two minute rule, I feel like my brain is less cluttered with the little tasks. I don’t have to think about the phone call I’m supposed to make or some sort of a bill I need to pay. Instead, I can give %100 of my focus on the things I’m trying to achieve.

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