It’s a generally accepted fact of life these days that everyone is busy. No matter who you speak to, they are go-go-go all week. In this desperate quest to be so busy generally things to do build up…and build up…until suddenly you feel overwhelmed, upset and spend all day Saturday cleaning, cooking and racing to the shops.
There is one simple thing you can do each and every day that makes a massive difference to what you can achieve. It’s a “rule” I have borrowed from James Clear, who has the most simple and effective strategies for mastering your habits. The rule is actually about how to stop procrastinating; however I like to apply it to anything and everything!
To quote James:
“If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now.
It’s surprising how many things we put off that we could get done in two minutes or less. For example, washing your dishes immediately after your meal, tossing the laundry in the washing machine, taking out the garbage, cleaning up clutter, sending that email, and so on.
If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, then follow the rule and do it right now”.
It is so easy to put a cup on the sink when it is done, thinking you will wash it or put it in the dishwasher later. Next thing you know, there are 20 dishes in the sink and the small task becomes a large (and super boring) one. If you just followed the two minute rule, you wouldn’t have got to that situation!
Obviously there are times when you physically cannot complete the task (holding a child in each arm comes to mind), however generally there’s lot of things you could just “do” at the time and be done with it.
If you implement this simple rule, it’s amazing how much more you can achieve. Not to mention avoiding that sick feeling when you look at your kitchen bench just before bedtime.
In the words of James Clear –
“Anyone can spare the next 120 seconds. Use this time to get one thing done. Go”.
What are you avoiding that takes less than two minutes? Go!