What IS the Two-Minute Rule?
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done (published 2015), is credited with the Two-Minute Rule concept: "If an action will take less than two minutes, it should be done at the moment it's defined." James Clear, author of Atomic Habits (published 2018), focuses the concept on creating habits: "When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do." Mr. Clear focuses on beating procrastination with the two-minute rule in this article.
So How Does the Two-Minute Rule Work?
Literally - 2 minutes - pick a project, any project, and break it into its smallest components to simply get the ball moving forward. As Mr. Allen and Mr. Clear note, this can be applied to tasks, habits, and beating procrastination at a minimum. This is the best way to get started or create forward momentum.
NaNoWriMo - Perfect Two-Minute Rule Habit!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 and became a nonprofit in 2006. The goal: write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. The crux is essentially create a daily writing habit. Write something. Anything! You can start with simply two-minutes each day - see where you end up. The program has expanded to many schools and includes prep during September and October along with "Now What" in January and February to learn more about the publishing process.
Many budding authors start the editing process in November and seek assistance with editing and proofreading with the new year. Some instead use the writing opportunity to simply make a habit of journaling. All it takes is the Two-Minute Rule to get started!
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