Whenever something shows up in your everyday life, ask yourself if it takes less than two minutes to do or complete.??It can be an e-mail, a colleague who asks you to do something, or something you come to think of yourself. If something can be done in less than two minutes, do it right away.??
When something takes that little time to complete, it would take more time and more energy to put it in your structured, systematic, elaborate, beautiful system than to just complete the task.??So - do it, then it is finished, out of your sight and you don’t have to have it on your mind or on a list ever again.
”That can’t be right!”
Sometimes when I mention the two-minute rule, I get the reply:
“But, there’s a constant stream of incoming two-minute-tasks – If I were to prioritize them all the time, I would get nothing else done!”??
The two-minute rule is designed to help you get more done and get shorter to-do-lists, not to make it harder for you to do the right thing at the right time. If you have a larger, more important task that you really want to focus on, do it. Then you don’t even have two minutes to spare, you’re so busy that you neither could nor would want to do anything else, regardless of how short time it takes to do it.
How do you do it?
What is your unbeatable rule of thumb to help you in your everyday life?
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