It is a technique to improve our productivity, it helps us to advance on pending tasks and personal projects, it also fights against addictive procrastination and prevents us from overloading ourselves with tasks at the last minute.
The two minute rule is based on the fact that if you can do something in less than that time, you have to do it. This is a key way to commit to our responsibilities and leave a sedentary lifestyle behind.
With so many distractions around us like the internet, social networks, series, movies, and video games, we waste time and don’t do the day’s tasks. Therefore, it is important to define the spaces and times that we will dedicate to each activity.
Some find it easy to distribute their time, but for others it is a little difficult and the downside of not knowing how to organize is that we affect our productivity and, directly, our performance in general. Taking this drawback into account, many activity management techniques have been invented, which adapt to different people and work rhythms.
This rule was born from the method Stop doing things (GTD) which in Spanish means To do things. It was developed by David Allen with the purpose that instead of setting priorities, make a list of specific tasks for each context. Most of the ones we procrastinate aren’t really difficult, but we usually choose to procrastinate.
The goal of the two minute rule is to stop thinking about remembering what to do and just do it. Some tend to divide the rule into these two principles:
1. If it takes less than two minutes, do it now.
If we think about the number of things we can do in less than two minutes, we would do it without hesitation. By practicing this rule we can achieve it because we overcome shame, fear and laziness.
If something is left for later, it becomes more and more difficult and as time can go by very quickly, two minutes can turn into an hour if we’re not careful.
2. Starting a new habit should take less than two minutes.
If you’re looking to build new habits and use the two-minute rule every step of the way, you’re more likely to do it over and over. This technique when creating new habits is not only about the results to be achieved, but also the process you actually need to go through to get the job done.
It can be easily applied to big or small goals due to the inertia of life – once you start doing something, it’s easier to keep doing it.