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The two minute rule is something like this: If you can get something done in two minutes, do it now. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t think about it – just do it.

This simple rule of thumb has proven, for me and many others, to be a great way of getting those little things out of the way.

Stuff comes to your desk or your email inbox and you think: “I have to do this”. And then you put it off because you have lots of other things to do too, or that it involves making a decision or doing multiple sub-tasks and so on.

So using the two minute rule can help reduce the number of tasks on your list quite easily. Analyze every task that comes to you and ask yourself “Is it going to take 2 minutes or less?” If it is, then do it; if it will take longer, put it on your todo list. Simple! Your todo lists don’t increase exponentially and you get a sense of achievement and motivation which helps you to progress further on the tasks that take longer.

What do you think? How do you use the two minute rule? Has it helped you or is it a waste of time in your life?

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MKMohammed is a project manager and business consultant. He's an avid reader and loves to write.View all posts by MK →

  1. AdamAdam07-13-2009

    This is a great post

  2. P WhitikerP Whitiker07-15-2009

    Those few seconds used to evaluate whether a task can be done now or later are invaluable