Time is said to be the only resource that is truly finite. I personally agree, and over the years have explored a variety of methods and philosophies about improving my time management.
My personal challenge has been adopting any one of the many systems in their entirety (some methods get rather complex and convoluted). However, I have picked up several tricks that I now use daily. One of those tricks is the “2-minute rule”, it has become my primary tool in combating procrastination.
The rule couldn’t be simpler:
If a task only takes 2 minutes (or less) to complete, do it immediately, always.
If you’re habits are similar to my own, you’ll quickly realize this incredibly simple tip significantly changes your personal flow of tasks. Far too often I left minor tasks as “open loops” in the back of my mind as opposed to just completing it and moving on. Once I adopted this strategy, I found myself less distracted by what I call “task clutter” and I’ve simply been more productive with my time.
Give it a try, you just might be surprised what knocking out 2-minute tasks can do for your productivity.