Have you ever heard of “The 2 Minute Rule?” The concept is easy. If it takes you less than two minutes to do something, do it right now. I’ve usually always applied this rule, but I never knew it had a name until a friend of mine started trying it out. (He’s loving it, by the way.)
This rule prevents you from cluttering up your space and it also prevents small jobs building into bigger jobs nobody really wants to do.
Here are a few two minute jobs that would apply to this rule:
- Washing the dishes you just ate off of.
- Cleaning out the coffee maker after you use it.
- Taking the trash out when it’s full.
- Making the bed after you get out of it in the morning.
- Filing away mail you just received.
- Wiping down the counter.
The list is quite extensive and you’ll discovery them as you ask yourself, “OK, I don’t want to do this but how long will this take me to do?” If the answer is less than two minutes, do it!
You’ll find that this method is key because it’s these two minute tasks that we avoid that often built up and compound into a 15 minute task if we let it. Those papers that would have taken 1 minute to file are now a stack that will take 10 minutes. Those dishes that would have taken 30 seconds to wash off after every meal will now take 20 minutes to clean, and you’re stressed because you’ve probably run out of plates. Why do that to yourself?
Have you every tried the two minute rule? Or do you ignore these little tasks throughout the day?
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