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The 2 minute rule is a self-imposed rule that I’ve found useful for increasing productivity. It works like this- if a new task comes up, I immediately ask myself if it can be finished in two minutes. If it can, I do it right then and there. On the spot so to speak. This strategy has worked well for emails (which can quickly pile up otherwise), phone calls, and even short blog posts such as this one. Not only does this get things off (or prevent them from ever going on) the ‘to do’ list but it also gets you on a ‘productivity role’ that makes handling bigger tasks easier and also places a loose but relatively easy-to-follow restriction on the time you devote to smaller tasks.

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