How the 2-minute rule can help you save hours a week
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If the effort to keep remembering a task is more than just getting it out of the way now, then do it.
We're pretty bad at estimating how much time a task will take, even if we’ve done that task before.
When you’re trying to implement the 2-minute rule, you might find yourself spending hours on that “easy” email you wanted to write.
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