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Communicate quickly. Never hold up communication with these two-minute responses:

  • Respond to an email or text message.
  • Respond to a work message.
  • Provide a requested approval or sign-off.

Get rid of digital clutter

  • Delete or hide apps cluttering your phone's home screen.
  • Unsubscribe from annoying emails.
  • Empty your computer trash folder.

Get rid of chores

  • Wash the dishes you just used.
  • Organize your home office desk.
  • Water the plants.
  • Sweep the kitchen floor.

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

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Avoid context-switching

The two-minute rule has one risk: context switching. We can fall into the trap of completing two-minute tasks when we should be prioritising deep focus.

  • Block off time for focused work. Demanding and complex work often needs a long period of intense ...

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The reasoning behind the two-minute rule

The two-minute rule is a defence against procrastination.

However, it is important to understand the reasoning behind the rule. The little tasks that pile up on our to-do lists start to snowball and eventually feel insurmountable. We spend more time thinki...

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Two ways to apply the two-minute rule

  1. Completing quick tasks. Often, the little tasks like needing to book a doctor's appointment or sending an email can fill our minds and haunt us. The longer we put something off, the harder it seems to do.
  2. Starting a big task. We often avoid ambitio...

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Advantages of the two-minute rule

  • The two-minute rule is simple and straightforward to implement.
  • It prevents procrastination before it starts. Instead of adding a task to a list to do in the future, it can be done now.
  • It creates momentum. Doing a small t...

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