How to be More Productive: The 2 Minute Rule

If you’re prone to procrastination, this article may help.

Procrastination is something that we have all done before. It can be for little things such as taking out the trash or cleaning your room. It may even be bigger, such as writing that ten-page essay due in a few days. Procrastination doesn’t shy from any tasks, but there is a way to overcome this feeling of procrastinating — the 2-minute rule.

Defining the 2-Minute Rule

The 2-minute rule was created by David Allen that states, “If an action will take less than two minutes to complete, it should be done at that moment it’s defined.”

How to Apply this Rule to Everyday Life

The rule is pretty straightforward, if something can be done in a couple of minutes then it should be done the moment it comes up. If the task takes longer than a couple of minutes, you can still break it down into smaller tasks that can be done. For example, let's say you have to write a 3000-word essay, instead of writing it all in one sitting write a paragraph a day. Just try and break it down into manageable chunks that don’t take hours on end.

Dangers of the 2-Minute Rule

The 2-minute rule is great when wanting to get quick small tasks done, but it can also shift your focus where it shouldn’t be. For example, if you have a big project coming up at work, it would be better for you to focus on that rather than focusing on knocking out a few e-mails. The 2-minute rule in this context is just a distraction, which can do more harm than good. As long as you have your priorities straight this shouldn’t be an issue.


Let’s recap, the 2-minute rule is a rule designed to get tasks done either by breaking them done if there are bigger tasks, or just doing them right away if it will only take a few minutes. It’s best to use this rule sparingly if you have to focus on a big task, smaller ones just might get in the way.

— I hope you guys learned something today. 💖



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