The 2-Minute Rule - Deepstash

The 2-Minute Rule

Example: You're sitting down to study, and you notice a few dishes in the sink.

Idea: If a task takes less than 2 minutes to complete, do it immediately.

Why?: This prevents small tasks from piling up and overwhelming you. By handling them immediately, you keep your workspace and mind clear.

Such as: Putting your clothes away, answering a quick email, or tidying up your desk.


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