To some extent, we’re all procrastinators. But look, this isn’t anything to feel bad about—it makes total sense! Why wouldn’t we put off annoying tasks like answering emails, folding laundry, scheduling doctor’s appointments and paying bills? They’re...not fun. Unfortunately, those niggling to-dos do have to get done and the longer you delay, the more onerous the task will be.
That’s where the two-minute rule comes in. This simple strategy was coined by David Allen in his productivity book, Getting Things Done and aims to nix procrastination for good.
Here’s how it works: If you can do a task in two minutes or less, then you should do it now (and don’t delay).
This rule is easy to accomplish (it literally only takes two minutes) but can have a big impact.