First intended as a source of productivity, this habit hack will also help you get started. By accomplishing anything that takes two-minutes or less you’ll have more time to focus. And by focusing on the first two minutes of an activity, makes it seem more manageable to take on.
But first, productivity guru David Allen, coined the Two-Minute Rule as – If you can do anything in two minutes or less, do it now. This productivity hack has helped me accomplish mini tasks, which usually clutter the mind, and has allowed me to focus on more important responsibilities.
Completing tasks that require little time or effort, right away has many benefits.
First, you’ll have accomplished something in the moment, which may have stayed on your to-do list for days or even weeks. Second, by completing a task on the spot, you’ll free up your mind for more important matters. Lastly, accomplishing a task provides motivation to take on another one.
It’s common to think that you’ll have more time in the future, but the truth is – you never do! Use this 2 Minute Rule to boost your productivity and mental focus.
A Motivational Tool
Have you ever had trouble getting started, but once there you found your flow and managed to push through? Author James Clear, puts a twist on the Two-Minute Rule, by stating if you want to complete an activity, start by focusing on the first two minutes of getting started, which is usually the most challenging part.
If you have a report to write; prepare by collecting the documents, sitting down with your coffee/tea and start writing a few lines.
If you want to go to the gym; gather your clothes, put on your shoes, and step into the car.
If you want to meditate; find a comfy place to sit, get your headphones and open the app you use.
Although anything that occurs after these first two-minutes is no longer your responsibility. That said, you can quit working on the report, walk back inside from your car or decide not to meditate without consequence or guilt. Yet, nine times out of ten, once you’re ready, you will engage in the activity.
By putting an emphasis on getting started and focusing your energy on the first 2 minutes rather than the 1 hour work out, report or activity – it becomes more manageable. Anyone can concentrate and tackle a 2-minute challenge because it’s straightforward and actionable. By removing the friction of completing an entire activity, it’s easy to get yourself motivated to focus for just 2-minutes.
The importance is to break an activity down into easy to manageable chunk size pieces. By reducing friction for taking action on an activity or habit. When you find yourself struggling to get started, use this Habit Hack to your advantage and focus on the first 2-minutes.