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The 2-Minute Rule

The 2-Minute Rule

If you can do an action in two minutes or less, tackle it at the moment — and don’t delay. 

The rule was created by David Allen in Getting Things Done & James Clear recommends it for habit building as well: When you start a new habit it should take less than two minutes to do.

Any habit can be scaled down into a 2-minute version:

  • Read before bed each night becomes read one page;
  • 30 minutes of exercise becomes take out my yoga mat;
  • Fold the laundry becomes fold one pair of socks;

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The 2 Steps Of The 2-Minute Rule

  1. If it takes less than 2 minutes, then do it now.
  2. When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.

The 2-Minute Rule

  • If you can do it in less than two minutes, do it now (assuming you have no other, bigger priorities at the moment.)
  • When you start a new habit, make your goals into 2-minute bites, so they're easy to do any time.

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