The Two Minute Game

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The Two Minute Game

“If an action will take less than two minutes, it should be done at the moment it is defined.” ~ David Allen from Getting Things Done

This is probably THE NUMBER ONE thing you could do to improve your productivity. (Seriously.)

It’s super simple.

If something takes less than two minutes to do, DO IT.


Try that out and watch your life change.

I kid you not. It’s that big.

Roy Baumeister, one of the world’s leading (and most cited) psychology researchers and an authority on willpower, echoes this wisdom. He tells us: “The Two-Minute Rule: If something will take less than two minutes, don’t put it on a list. Get it out of the way immediately.”

Notice how often you let less-than-two-minute things pile up.

The dish you drop into the sink. The mail you set on the kitchen counter. The email you could easily respond to but leave in your inbox.

All of those could have easily been one-touched and dispatched of in less than two minutes.

Now, when you get in the habit of rockin’ those little things, a couple things happen.

First, you eliminate the pile of two-minute things—which easily and quickly become multiple hours of work. AND, you create a new sense of awesome velocity in your life. It feels REALLY good to get things done. By playing the two-minute game, you put yourself into flow more and more often—which catalyzes even more energy in your life.


Back to you.

Ready to rock the Two-Minute Game?

Let’s do this!!! 🙂

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