The 2-Minute Rule: How I’ve Increased My Daily Productivity

Can two minutes at a time increase your productivity? Yes, it can! Here’s how.

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It’s called the 2-minute rule. The 2-minute rule has three parts.

  1. If something should take less than two minutes to do, do it now. Don’t procrastinate. So often, it’s the little tasks that bog us down and get in the way of getting anything productive done. Productivity is like a snowball. Start small. Gain momentum. Conquer the big stuff.
  2. If something should take less than two minutes, don’t spend five minutes doing it. Rarely ever does anything that should take less than two minutes require a perfectionist’s touch. It’s a two-minute task – it’s not going to make or break you, your career, or your reputation. (This is my big downfall – I can easily turn a 2-minute task into a 10-minute ordeal.)
  3. (This part is the kicker to using the 2-minute rule effectively). Don’t fill your day with so many two-minute activities that you don’t get the really important stuff done. Focus your efforts on the things that need to be done. Don’t make up two-minute activities to do so that you don’t have to conquer the 3-hour task ahead of you.

Nothing is as inefficient as efficiently doing something that doesn’t need to be done. (Paraphrase of a Peter Drucker quote.)

Note: The idea of 2-minute rule is not original to me. Lawton Ursrey and James Clear have variations on this rule that are well worth reading.

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2 thoughts on “The 2-Minute Rule: How I’ve Increased My Daily Productivity

  1. I agree with this. I think it goes back to that we have really lost the concept of what one hour is.

    One hour is a whole lot of time. However people just throw the turnaround. Every time you throw that turn around, you lose the value because the connotation is: it’s not a lot of time.

    Focus. Focus is underrated. Discipline is underrated. Shut your phone off. Sit down. And focus.

    That’s my new mantra.

    Great post, thanks Derick!

    • It should say “term around” above, not “turnaround.” That’s what the talk-to-text function will do to you if you don’t proof!

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