The 2 Minute Drill Everyone Needs to Practice

2 Minute Countdown

I’m a huge fan of David Allen’s method of Getting Things Done. It’s helped me tremendously in my professional growth as well as my personal development.

Here’s the super-mini-concise-reader’s-digest version of Allen’s productivity tips. He teaches the 4 D’s of Getting Things Done:

  1. Do it. – If it takes shorter than 2 minutes, then do it. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Focus on that one task and get it done. If it takes longer than 2 minutes, then move on to the next step.
  2. Defer it. – You know it needs to get done, but it will take more time, effort, and resources than you have right now. Defer it to another time. Plan out the specific action steps and get them done when you can.
  3. Delegate it. – Can someone else do this for you? We all try to take on too much, and more often than not – someone else is just as capable of doing a good job. Let them.
  4. Delete it. – If it falls through the first 3 D’s then it’s not important enough for you to keep on your list. Only do what’s necessary. Cut out all the fat.

The most impactful lesson for me for the past few years has been step #1 (Do it). If it takes less than 2 minutes, don’t hesitate.

Buckle down and do it.

Do you have to return that email? Do you need to schedule that meeting?

Maybe you have to say no to a bunch of opportunities and requests for your time?

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Practice saying no. That will be 2 minutes well spent.

“You can do anything, but not everything.” ~ David Allen (Getting Things Done)


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