The 2-minute rule: A quick and simple way to boost your productivity

For those of you who are familiar with David Allen’s Getting Things Done (or GTD) methodology, the “2-minute rule” is a concept most probably you use on daily basis. Today I want to share this simple, but very powerful concept with those of you who are not familiar with GTD.

The 2-minute rule simply states that any action item or activity that can be completed in under two minutes should be done right away and avoid waiting for “later”. That’s it. There is no big science here. However, the impact it can have on your performance can be quite remarkable as this approach helps you clear out all the small stuff before it piles up and actually becomes big stuff.

I strongly suggest you to give it a try. Next time you are faced with a short task or activity that you evaluate will take you two minutes or less to complete (making a quick phone call, sending a brief email or SMS, taking the garbage out [oh my wife loves when I use this rule with such type of action items!]), go for it and do it immediately. You will be surprised how great it is to get all that small stuff out of the way.

If you are interested on finding more about the GTD system, I strongly suggest you to read the article Getting started with “Getting Things Done” by Merlin Mann, or actually go for it and read David Allen’s excellent book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Amazon affiliate link).

Alright. I have to go to take the garbage out. My wife will be back home soon.

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4 responses to “The 2-minute rule: A quick and simple way to boost your productivity

  1. Ivan, this is a great tip. It’s only going to take me a minute and a half to to write this comment 🙂

    Definitely something worth trying out, will let you know how it works out.

  2. Thank you for posting this here! …well, let me try this 2-minute rule 🙂

  3. Ok, I’m going to experiment with this and let you know the results.

    🙂

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