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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
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.
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
3 Blind Men & An Elephant
Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found 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