The two-minute rule

If it takes less than two minutes, do it now.

That’s the one piece of advice I remember from my first management class in college. When I abide by it, I feel better, because I procrastinate less.

I might notice the trash can is full, so I take it out now instead of waiting until later. Same with that email response I need to write. Same with that thought I need to add to my to-do list.

If it takes less than two minutes, do it now.

When I put the little things swiftly out of their misery, it is easier for me to focus during my work blocks—where I get 60-90 minutes of uninterrupted time to spend on the big things. I don’t always follow this advice, but when I do, I do better work.

I hope it helps you do the same,


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