Procrastination is something we’re all too familiar with. It’s the act of intentionally putting off a task that needs to be done. Whether it’s a personal task or a work related one, there are many factors that can play a role in why we choose to procrastinate.
One of the most effective habits that I’ve adopted for procrastination is called the 2-Minute Rule. If you’re a fan of self-development books, then chances are you’re familiar with this rule too. This simple yet effective strategy was first introduced by author David Allen in his book, Getting Things Done. You may have also heard about this rule in James Clear’s #1 New York Times best seller, Atomic Habits.
David Allen’s Method
How many times have you let a simple task turn into a bigger one? For example, coming home to a pile of clothes on the floor or trying to find something a cluttered drawer? Allen states that if a task can be completed within 2 minutes, then take action now and don’t delay.
Instead of throwing your coat on the floor when you come home, take 2 minutes to properly hang it in your closet. Instead of hanging onto junk mail and throwing it in your drawer, take 2 minutes to recycle or throw it away. These small but impactful habits can help you accomplish more in the long run and you spend less time having to deal with it later.
James Clear’s Method
Clear’s method of the 2-Minute Rule applies to starting new habits. How many times have you thought about reading, journaling, or decluttering but procrastinated because the idea seemed hard? Reading 1 book a month, journaling a page per day, or decluttering your house can be daunting because we’re so consumed by the end goal. Clear recommends a “gateway habit” which allows you to embark on your goals in a more productive and natural manner.
With the 2-Minute Rule, you would start by reading for 2 minutes, journaling for 2 minutes, and declutter for 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes have passed, you’ll realized that you’ve done the most important thing, which is getting started. Starting for 2 minutes is better than not starting at all. After several practices, you’ll start to see a change and even begin calling these new habits a routine.
The Purpose of the 2-Minute Rule
All our great successes in life start with one step. The purpose of the 2-Minute Rule is to help you get started and stay organized. This rule for procrastination is a great reminder to stop focusing on the end goal and focus on taking baby steps and celebrating our wins along the way. In no time, you’ll find yourself becoming more productive and motivated to start new habits with ease.
How do you deal with procrastination? What do you think about the 2-Minute Rule? Is it something you’d like to apply in 2023? I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you haven’t already, be sure to order your copy of Getting Things Done by David Allen and Atomic Habits by James Clear today. For more posts relating to productivity, visit my tag here.
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