Two Minute Tasks

If a task will take less than two minutes, do it now . You will most likely find those two minute tasks that you keep putting off aren&...

Two Minute Tasks

If a task will take less than two minutes, do it now. You will most likely find those two minute tasks that you keep putting off aren't quite as bad as you thought they were and you will definitely feel much better for finally getting them over and done with. I try to deal with minor tasks immediately before they pile up and become much more of a burden.

The aim is to not put off tasks that can be easily accomplished quickly. Don't fall into the trap of claiming you're "too busy" to deal with minor tasks, do it now, get it out the way, and prevent it from cluttering up your to-do list and your mind.


- Tidy your desk
- Write a to-do list
- Set some goals
- Buffer tweets
- Empty your desk drawer and sort it out
- File documents
- Pick up anything on the floor that shouldn't be there
- Check your schedule for important dates
- Create folders and sort your inbox
- Create email templates
- Respond to that email you've been putting off
- Make that phone call you've been avoiding
- Follow some new blogs
- Leave a couple of blog comments
- Network on social media

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  1. disqus_KL1TL4QAoS2/06/2015

    Ugh. I need to do so many things you've just listed but I seriously haven't been bothered for this whole week. Well at least I'm starting by leaving a comment here, right?

    -M
    The Life of Little
    Me

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  2. I completely agree, this is something I've started to do over the past few weeks and it makes such a difference to my mood - getting things done makes you feel so refreshed and the tasks are never as bad as you think anyway!
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  3. I've been doing this a lot lately, and trying not to put things off. Getting small things done makes me want to get more done.

    Sammi
    thechroniclesofwastedtime.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Camille Beygui2/06/2015

    I love your lists

    Xoxo

    http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr

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  5. Gemma Carey2/06/2015

    Love this! I'm always tidying my desk and going through things whenever I get a spare 5 minutes!

    http://gemfash.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Rebecca P.2/06/2015

    Buffering tweets does NOT take two minutes! Haha! It seems like a lot of work so I only for it for my friday post! and that takes me all night!

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  7. I need to do all of those, but I'm to the neck with work for the next 4-5 days. After that, I WILL get everything organized. And I'm copying your list to save me time, as it has just about everything I need to do, anyway. :)

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  8. Thanks for the reminder! Working from home this is always super important to keep up and take advantage of small breaks and bits of time.

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  9. I hate leaving stuff all over the top of my desk. Each afternoon, before I leave the office, I make sure to clear everything off of it. And it's not like I stuff everything in a drawer either! No. I file everything away in its place and I make sure all tasks are taken care of. I hate knowing that something is left either uncompleted or misplaced. That's the OCD in me talking :P

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  10. Mine are stupidly always the "text back" or text a question thingy... I don't know why. But I've resolved to stop doing it!

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  11. I love the two-minute rule. I try to practice it myself. It really makes a huge difference. But I love that you have extended this farther than just - hang up your coat if it takes you 2 minutes or less, put your dishes in the dishwasher if it takes less than 2 minutes etc. - but to life tasks as well like making a phone call you have been avoiding etc.

    Rae | love from berlin

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  12. I love this idea - I do this with e-mails wherever I can.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  13. Sorry to go off topic but I loveeee those glasses so so much! I'll try and get some stuff done now too :) xx

    MissyRed.co.uk

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  14. I really like this idea. I had been putting off clearing the top of my chest drawer, but today just decided to get it done. The room looks bigger now because it's just that little bit tidier.

    Berry Dakara Blog

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  15. Sometimes things just don't work out, we'll all get round to that long to-do list eventually.. ;))

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  16. YES, I totally agree. Doing those annoying, niggling little tasks really makes us feel refreshed. I know I feel much better after I've gotten rid of some of those boring tasks off my list.

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  17. I think we all put things off, even really simple little tasks that would take literally seconds to do but we just don't want to do them.. I know I feel much better after I finally get around to do something of them.

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  18. I hate my desk drawer, I wish I'd bought a desk without one now! I throw all my junk in there to hide it all and I swear, I have to tidy that damn thing ever few days.

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  19. Ha, you're right, properly buffering tweets can take aaaaages.. and it's the one task I always put off. What I meant was to buffer tweets for only two minutes. Doing two minutes every few hours would help :))

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  20. There are TONS of little things I really need to get around to tackling but, like you, I'm drowning in work and when I've finished with the big task of the day I just want to chill out and not tidy my desk or respond to emails or whatever, y'know? But I feel so much better when I get rid of those annoying little tasks.

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  21. Things pile up when you work at home, don't they? We end up with a huge list of boring, mundane little tasks that we don't want to deal with but only take a few minutes to do..

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  22. I am totally with you on this; I always clear up my studio after I finish work for the day. I have to be able to walk into it the next day knowing everything is in its place and I can start work with a clear work space.

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  23. Ugh, I am the worse with text messages.. I'm fine with WhatsApp but not texts! I don't know why.

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  24. I always try to tackle that pile of coats, scarves, and hats hanging around by the door, thrown over the back of a chair or whatever. These little things like clearing the dishes or putting away shoes or taking the rubbish out make us feel so much better and hardly take any time at all.

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  25. I'm glad it works for you too :))

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  26. Thank you for reading :))

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  27. Thank you - I wasn't sure about the style at first but now I love them :))

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  28. Thank you for reading - I'm glad it helped a little

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  29. I definitely needed this. Must be more productive


    livereadkendall.blogspot.com

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  30. Great tips:) Thanks!

    xoxo
    http://blizzard-girl.blogspot.com/2015/02/japanese-skincare-haul.html

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  31. this is very helpful! thank you


    www.dicexcvi.com

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  32. SO useful. I can be such a procrastinator ;)

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