Two Minute Chores
My wife recently asked me for some special Xmas stamps which we had bought. She said there was no rush, and I didn’t need to do it that moment, but I knew what to do.
Rather than put off this simple task, I went upstairs and got the stamps – it took 70 seconds.
I’m not sure where I learned this productivity tip, but here it is.
If you can do a chore or task in two minutes – go ahead and do it.
Don’t put it on a ToDo List or sticky note or hope that you’ll remember to do it later on.
Do It Now!
In Toastmasters, we send out email reminders to people for our meetings. People are supposed to respond to the email and indicate if they are coming or who their replacement is. It takes only a couple of minutes or less to respond to the email, but many people don’t respond at all. The sender then has to send a second email or even make a phone call. It’s a bit aggravating that people don’t take the two minutes to respond to an email.
This simple tip should not only make you more productive and keep your ToDo list to a minimum, but it will also keep your associates happy.