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Everything You Need to Know About the Two-Minute Rule - Thrive Global
Do you procrastinate a lot? Is creating a work schedule a problem for you? If the answers to both these questions are 'Yes', then don't worry. You're similar to every other professional around the world. A normal work schedule is always packed with tasks, some of which are easy to complete and others which are not.

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The Logic Behind The Two-Minute Rule

  • Incorporating the two-minute rule as a habit should make it easier to follow, in time.
  • Once you start working on something, the chances of your giving up on it are negligible.
  • It provides a solution to all those small tasks that tend to get overshadowed and forgotten in the wake of big and critical projects.
  • It helps you create a mindset that avoids procrastination. Once you get used to implementing the rule, you can extend it to lengthier tasks.

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Steps For Using The Two-Minute Rule

Steps For Using The Two-Minute Rule
  1. Write a To-do list with all the items on your agenda today
  2. Analyze which tasks can be completed quickly, in less than two minutes
  3. Create a new list in the order of completion time
  4. Schedule tasks that take a longer time to complete for later in the day
  5. Start with tasks that take less than two minutes to complete and complete it
  6. Follow the same process until all the small tasks are done

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Clarify

Figure out why you avoid taking action. Find out all the reasons that prevent you from moving forward. 

For example:

  • You find the task challenging.
  • You don’t know how to do the project.
  • The activity is boring.
  • You don’t have a clear block of time to work on the task.

  • You need a quiet workspace.

  • You expect your work to be perfect—and fear it won’t be.

  • You don’t have a deadline.

Address the issues

Once you understand the reasons for procrastination, address those specific issues. 

Keep on dealing with the issues one by one. This will build momentum and move you toward completing your projects.

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Instead of writing a big to-do list and trying to get it all done, determine the 1-3 tasks that are absolutely essential and then focus on those tasks during the day. 

You don’t do anything else until you’ve completed the three essential tasks.