The 2-Minute Rule To Prevent Productivity Paralysis


Do you prefer to organize your daily tasks using to-do-lists so as to stay uber productive?

If yes – has there ever been a situation, when you looked down your to-do-list and were overwhelmed by the number of tasks pending for you to finish thereby paralyzing your productivity completely?

The sheer feeling of accomplishment while striking things off your to-do-list can sometimes be addictive. You might even find yourself caught in the trap of adding almost everything to your productivity system.

To prevent this from happening to you, David Allen, productivity consultant and creator of the time management system “Getting Things Done” says –

“If you determine an action can be done in two minutes, you actually should do it right then because it’ll take longer to organize it and review it than it would to actually finish it the first time you notice it.”

The two-minute rule can prevent many small things from cluttering your system in the first place, while also allowing room for your projects to move forward incessantly.

It helps you to eliminate all of the prioritizing, scheduling, and picking of trivial tasks. Pay the utility bills or call the restaurant to make a reservation – the next time yourself adding a thing on your list during the middle of the day, spend a conscious moment to analyze if that task could be done in two minutes.

If yes – just get done with it then and there. You’ll have one less thing to take care of in the future.

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One thought on “The 2-Minute Rule To Prevent Productivity Paralysis

  1. Yes, I too believe that, if we zap small actionable tasks as soon as we get it which takes few minutes then we may get more time for most important tasks and be less overwhelmed with long to-do list.

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