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## 1. 5 Second Rule

Let’s begin with the 5 Second Rule. It was presented by Mel Robbins in her book of the same name. In Robbins’ own words :

If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.

This is how it works:

i- Start counting backward from 5 to 1(5,4,3,2,1).

ii- As soon as you hit 1, push yourself to take action.

Actually, this method is kind of a brain hack in which you trick your mind into starting a task. Counting backward till 1 has a psychological effect and it forces our mind to take action.

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## 2. 2 Minute Rule On the second spot we have the 2 Minute Rule. It was introduced by David Allen in his famous book Getting Thing

On the second spot, we have the 2 Minute Rule. It was introduced by David Allen in his famous book Getting Things Done.

It states that:

If an action will take less than two minutes, it should be done at the moment it’s defined.

In simple words, if a pending task takes less than two minutes to complete, you should start it now. It may appear that this rule only works with smaller tasks.

Some examples of the 2 Minute Rule in action:

i- Text a loved one

ii- Reply to an email

iii- Clean your desk

iv- Book an appointment

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## 3. Eisenhower Matrix

Eisenhower Matrix was coined by Dwight D. Eisenhower who was the 34th President of the United States. This is a graphical method where you divide all of your tasks into four quadrants.

First Quadrant: Do it

Tasks that are urgent and important

Second Quadrant: Schedule it

Tasks that are important but not urgent

Third Quadrant: Delegate it

Tasks that are urgent but not important

Fourth Quadrant: Delete it

Tasks that are neither urgent nor important

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## 4. Time Blocking

In this method, you divide your tasks into blocks of time. Each block is dedicated to completing a specific task or groups of tasks. In this technique prioritizing is of utmost importance.

For example:

From 9:00–9:30, you will check and reply to emails

Then comes 10 minutes break.

Then from 9:40 to 10:00, you will write your college essay

So on and so forth.

Author Cal Newport in his famous book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World states:

A 40 hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure.

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## 5. Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro Technique is a popular yet simple method to remain focused on the tasks at hand.

This is how it works:

Pick a task you want to complete.

Set a timer for 25 minutes

Start working on that task. Keep working until the timer rings.

Take a 5–10 minute break.

Set the timer again and so on.

These days, there are many mobile and desktop apps available that are specifically designed for Pomodoro Technique

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