Are you a procrastinator? Do you put off the things you KNOW you need to do, things that often don't take up much time at all?
David Allen in his work Getting Things Done introduces an important concept that would benefit all of us in getting things done in our daily lives. This concept is the idea of the Two Minute Rule. The Two minute rule is the idea that if any task crops up that requires two minutes or less, you ought to do it right there and then.
And this concept makes a lot of sense, actually. At any moment in my life, I can likely spre two minutes to give towards most tasks. However, if I grow accustomed to leaving these small tasks off for later, they will accumulate into a monster load of work that I will dread getting done.
These tasks can be simple. They can be sending out a quick email, or shooting off a text message to a friend, or making a quick call to schedule an appointment. Whatever the task is, if its short and simple, it ought to get done right then and there.
In my own experience, I feel that getting things done with the "Two Minute Rule" makes me feel more productive and more in charge of my life. I forget to do the small things if I leave my tasks in a pending state. By doing it right then and there, I become more accountable, and more reliable for those who depend on me.
If this idea appeals to you, let me know! Drop a comment below and let me know what tasks you put off, but got done today with this method.