View Full Version : 2 Minute Rule
04-27-2005, 01:49 AM
I apply the 2 minute rule when in processing mode. However, what do others do in situations like this:
I complete a next action for a given project. I identify the next action. Do you then apply the 2 minute rule to the new next action - and keep drilling down into the project until you cant do anymore or do you switch to another action on a different project.
If I work in the flow state and have no hard time restrictions I work until the workflow stumbles. Then I decide the NA.
I dont't think it's useful to interrupt the flow state.
04-27-2005, 08:23 AM
If I'm actively working on a project, I keep going until I get stuck or run out of time. If I'm processing my inbox and encounter a chain of two minute tasks (look up garage phone number THEN call garage THEN check appointment time with husband, etc.), I try to cut it short after 5-10 minutes.
I'm fortunate enough to have an assistant, so I can often delegate this kind of chain to her. That transforms the whole chain from a project to a @WaitingFor, which is nice.
05-06-2005, 07:19 AM
Since the principle behind the 2 minute rule is that it takes as long or longer to list, review and delist an action than to do it in the first place, I don't see the point of suspending the rule just because the action that follows it belongs to the same project. The only time I don't follow the 2 minute rule is when time constraints force me to reduce it to a shorter interval.
05-06-2005, 08:54 AM
Yeah that clears things up thanks