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The Two Minute Rule - 24th June 2007

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We I've just been on holiday and on my return I had hundreds of emails sitting in my inbox

Sounds familiarly!


However this time thanks to a little tip I heard from Dave Allen author of Getting Things Done:

I knew where to start


ts called “The Two Minute Rule”,

Its very simple, if you have an email or an action that takes less than two minutes,

Then its more efficient to do it right there and then.

Yes, It actually takes more time to put it on your to do list, file it, then recall it later, than if you'd just done it in the first place.

The same applies for verbal and meeting actions as well as emails


As an added bonus for emails if forces you to answer the question

"What am I going to do with this is new input, is it reference material, an action or rubbish?"

Yes it forces you to make the decision to file it, trash it, or action it.

 Recommended Audio CD's
 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
  Watching the English - Kate Fox




 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
 Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
 12 Questions to High Performance
 The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
 The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
 Three Men and a Boat
 Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
 The Meaning of Life  
 What was your name again?
 Two Frogs
 Is Common Sense Possible
 An Architects Vision
 Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

There are loads of great audio programs at Nightingale Conant's ,web site here,

IAmazingly I found that in my emails less than 5% incorporate actions that take me more than 2 minutes 


But here the flip side if actions take more than two minutes, I don't do them straight away


Because if you extend the two minute rule, how do you know that time you spend now is the action with the highest priority, or could it be the next email?


With items that take more than two minutes I park them on my to do list and then when I have some discretionary time I go back and complete them in the right order of prioritisation.


If the two minute rule works as well for you as it does for me, then you’ll have more discretionary time where you can decide what your priorities are!


Make the most of your time so you can make the most of your life


Till next week

David G