The 2 Minute Rule

If the next action can be done in two minutes or less, do it when you first pick up the item.

Even if the item is not a “high priority” one, do it now if you’re ever going to do it at all. The rationale for the two-minute rule is that that’s more or less the point where it starts taking longer to store and track an item than do deal with it the first time it’s in your hands – in other words, it’s the efficiency cutoff.

Many people find that getting into the habit of following the two-minute rule creates a dramatic improvement in their productivity.

David Allen

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