Are you a business owner that procrastinates and struggles with getting tasks completed both in your business and personal life? Does many small incomplete tasks bother you and stress you out? Do you find it a challenge to even start performing a long or difficult task? If all these sounds familiar, then meet the 2-Minute Rule!! The 2-Minute Rule has two main parts as follows:
The first part is that the 2-Minute Rule says if any task that takes less than 2 minutes to accomplish, just automatically go ahead and get it done without dwelling about it. The 2-Minute Rule says that allowing several small tasks to be incomplete or not done will create artificial stress in your system. It could be washing a coffee cup after having your morning coffee, taking the garbage outside, or several short emails that you have to send in work or personal affairs. Because in fact, these are just small tasks that when piled up, can create the illusion that you have lots of work “pending” to be completed, which in reality can be completed in a short amount of time. So in order to avoid procrastination, the 2-Minute Rule wants you to ingrain in your mind to automatically complete any task at hand that takes 2 minutes or less. This way you will have a free and clear mind to move on to more important work.
So this leads us to the second part of the 2-Minute Rule. So now you may ask…And what if I know that the task takes more than 2 minutes? What do I do in this case? How do I approach the tasks of getting longer work accomplished? Ah hah! The 2-Minute Rule has the answer for you! So Part Two of the 2-Minute Rule says…that whatever work or task that takes longer than 2 minutes, you will tell yourself that you will start doing it just for 2 minutes and then see what happens. Now more often than not, something magical happens. The momentum created and built up in the first 2 minutes will encourage you and give you the desire to continue and possibly complete the task. You will feel really good and proud about yourself and this positive mind set will become the fuel to want to get things done. Sometimes, in this Part Two, you might end up only doing 2 minutes. That’s OK and don’t blame yourself. At another time you can try again. But from experience shows, most of the time it will work out in your favor.
Now in the field of time management and accomplishing work timely, there are many other rules and strategies. The 2-Minute Rule is just one of them that you can try and experience for yourself to see if it will help you stop procrastinating and getting things done both in your business and in your life in general.