The 2 minute rule. Questioning why you have an endless stream of small stuff to do - is there an underlying cause? Being a do it now person. But also, Do It Tomorrow - put it on a list for tomorrow so it doesn't interrupt your plan for today. Allows batching and also sends a signal about interruptions.
- David Allen has a two-minute rule.…If you can do it in two minutes, then do it.…It'll take you almost as long to write it…on your Jobs-To-Do list, so you may as well just do it.…Of course, you might spend forever just doing small stuff.…But if your life is an endless stream of small stuff,…you also need to think about why that is…and spend a bit of quality time getting to the bottom of it.…Maybe you need better systems or better trained people…or you need to get better at delegating.…Why would anyone not do the two-minute job straight away?…Well, procrastination, I guess.…
Maybe it's something small but unpleasant,…and you might think, no, I'll do that later.…But ideally you'd be a do-it-now person…and just get rid of it.…So that all makes sense, I think,…but now I just want to confuse you slightly…with another really interesting idea called do-it-tomorrow.…When I first heard of this, I thought it sounded like…a comedy management book for procrastinators,…but actually it's a genuinely serious idea,…and I think it could work.…
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