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The 2-Minute Rule: Stop Procrastinating & Get Things Done

The 2-Minute Rule: Stop Procrastinating & Get Things Done {Gabby Homemaker}


Have you guys ever heard of the 2-minute rule in regards to procrastination?


Originally discussed by David Allen in his book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, the 2-minute rule basically means that if you can complete a task in 2-minutes or less, just do it – don’t add it to your to-do list!


You’d actually be amazed at how much stuff you can get done in 2-minutes! I’ve been trying to stop procrastinating, recently, so when the task I need to complete is simple, I’ve gotten in the habit of asking myself if what I’m currently doing is more important than doing what I *need* to get done.


I like the idea of using the 2-minute rule because it leaves less “wiggle room” in my decision making. It keeps me from justifying that finishing a blog post is more important than switching the laundry.  With the 2-minute rule, I am encouraged to quickly switch the laundry and THEN get to that post.


What are your thoughts on this simple step to increasing your productivity?  Do you think it would work in your life? Let me know!


Gabby Homemaker


  1. Great Tip I Have To Try This JUST DO IT!!! LOL!

  2. I am a huge procrastinator. I think that two minute rule would work for me.

  3. My word of the year is productivity- and part of that means I need to stop procrastinating! I like the 2 minute rule.

  4. SO simple – and yet SO profound… :D

  5. If I wold stay off this computer… I could get so much done. I am going to try the 2 minute rule.

  6. I am a procrastinator. It’s a terrible thing, I know. I think I need to get a timer like that and see how much I can get done!

  7. I completely agree. 2 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot but I’ve found you can get tons done in that little amount of time. Unload a dishwasher. Start laundry, Take trash out. The list goes on and on.

  8. This is a great rule, and one that I’m always telling me kids. They don’t realiize that it takes 15 minutes to get ready for the day, or procrastinate and that’s 90 minutes!

  9. I’ve never heard of the 2-Minute Rule but it sounds like something I need to try! I definitely procrastinate way too much! Maybe this will help me to be more productive, worth a shot!

  10. I will have to try this I am a procrastinator and usually get sidetracked so I forget.

  11. Confession: I used to carry around an egg timer LOL I did things in 10 minute spurts – but the funny thing is now that I have created that HABIT, I catch myself doing it still – sans the timer :)

  12. Rebecca Beard says:

    This is a great tip! It has made a big difference for me in just a few days. Housework + Kids can sometimes seem overwhelming… Squeezing in these small quick tasks throughout the day definitely makes me feel like I got a lot done.

  13. I have never heard of this, but I like the concept. I am wicked, though – I would end up adding another 2 minutes if my original 2 ran out. Oy!

  14. I try to live by the 2 minute rule – makes life much easier :)

  15. I’m a bad procrastinator too! There’s always tomorrow, right?! haha!

  16. I am so bad at procrastinating so I just need to give this a try!

  17. I worry that if I don’t see it on a list, I wion’t do it. But maybe I should just try. Why wait? lol.

  18. Great idea. I will have to try it

  19. What a great tip. It kind of goes hand-in-hand with “just do it.”

  20. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I like this two minute thing. My whole day is loaded with little two minute tasks!!

  21. I definitely think it’s good to knock out small tasks as soon as you can. These days, it seems like we have to balance keeping on top of things but also make sure that we can focus on important projects uninterrupted since technology has created an endless amount of 2-minute tasks demanding our attention, LOL!

  22. um, i’ll have to let you know. in 2 minutes. ;)
    I make myself get up when i’m working even just 5 min an hour- and i’m a whirlwind of activity then!
    just kidding.

  23. I just wish there was more time in the day to get everything done!

  24. I’m a BIG procrastinator when it comes to laundry and email.. I let them both pille up until it’s almost unmanageable. I like this 2-minute rule idea!

  25. I am definitely going to try that. There are lots of 2 minute increments in a day, and this could be life-changing!

  26. I’m a flitter by nature, so I feel like I do all kinds of 2 minute this and that’s and then I never get done what really needed to be done. My brain needs to stop doing things in bursts!

  27. I so need more time in each day I don’t’ know if anything will work for me lol. I have soooo much to do and need at least 8 more awake hours in the day… I do think it’s good to get rid of the small stuff first, I used to do that then I don’t know what happened lol. Maybe I will try it again.. GREAT POST thanks for sharing!

  28. Awesome Rule Love Your Way Of Thinking!!

  29. Oh my goodness, this makes so much sense to me! Awesome tip, thank you :)

  30. Great idea! I’ll have to pull out one of these and give it a shot!

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