If you think two minutes isn’t very long, watch it tick down on your microwave when you’re waiting to attack that leftover lasagna. During those two minutes, you could have resolved an email query or knocked out a CE. You could’ve popped over to a colleague’s desk and answered the question they mailed you three days ago.

In fact if you think about it, there are loads of two-minute periods in your day that are wasted doing meaningless things, like hanging around in the kitchen, when you could’ve nailed something small but critical.

“Can all of your goals be accomplished in less than two minutes? Obviously not. But, every goal can be started in 2 minutes or less. And that’s the purpose behind this little rule.” – James Clear, How to stop procrastinating using the “2-minute rule”.

I started implementing the two-minute trick a while back, when it was introduced to me by one of my employees. It’s been incredibly effective for me and it’s really helped me get my inbox under control. A quick two-minute task doesn’t impact on my day, but many of them added together creates a beast that can get out of control fast.

Implement the 2-minute trick right now, like this:

  • If you get a task you can complete in 120 seconds or less, do it now.


Do you practice the two-minute rule already? Let me know in the comments. As always, if you’ve found this post valuable, share it with your network.

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