In the modern workplace, there is always so much to do. And even more if you are building an online business startup. The bulk of tasks to be checked off that to-do list often seems insurmountable.
But there are ways to overcome that overwhelming feeling. One tip discussed before is taking on the most important tasks first. These are usually the ones that take the most time to complete, and the ones requiring the most creativity and brainpower. Once those are done, your mind can relax with the easier tasks for the rest of the day.
So, what’s next?
This is where the two-minute rule comes in. Have a look at your to-do list. Which tasks can be done in two minutes or faster? Once you’ve identified them, finish off those quickfire tasks right away. With that, you’ll be ticking off more boxes out of your to-do list. The more it clears up, the less stress you will feel as the day goes on.
The two-minute rule has one main benefit.
It’s a quick and easy way to kill procrastination. These small tasks usually get neglected – “I’ll just do them later; they won’t take long anyway.” This excuse keeps popping up, and it compounds the number of small tasks yet to be done.
This rule can also help free up your Mondays.
Often, you’ll find that it’s these small tasks creep their way into the next day’s list of tasks. Or worse, they can rollover well into the following Monday. No wonder many Mondays give people really bad headaches.
By applying the two-minute rule, that pile of unfinished work will soon disappear. The less overwhelmed you feel about the things you need to get done, the more you will actually get done.
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