The Two-Minute Rule: Your Secret Weapon for Overcoming Procrastination

By Dan O'Connell •  Updated: 10/09/23 •  4 min read

Unpacking Procrastination 

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing tasks. While everyone does it occasionally, chronic procrastination can interfere with performance, well-being, and personal growth. It can stem from fear of failure, perfectionism, or a lack of motivation.

Introduction to the Two-Minute Rule The “Two-Minute Rule” is a simple strategy designed to combat procrastination and boost productivity. The core idea is: “If it takes less than two minutes, do it now.” 

This approach breaks tasks into manageable chunks, making daunting tasks feel more approachable.

The Power of Starting The most challenging part of any task is often just getting started. Once in motion, it’s easier to continue due to momentum. The Two Minute Rule helps overcome the inertia that keeps one from initiating.

How to Implement the Two-Minute Rule

Benefits of the Two-Minute Rule

Expanding Beyond Two Minutes Once you start a task under the premise of spending just two minutes on it, you’ll often find that you’re willing and eager to continue beyond the initial two minutes. This is because the act of starting reduces the resistance towards the task.

Applications of the Two-Minute Rule

Combining with Other Productivity Techniques

Overcoming Potential Pitfalls

Celebrating Small Wins Every task you complete, no matter how small is a step forward. Acknowledge your progress and let these small wins motivate you for more significant jobs.

Incorporating the Rule into Daily Life


The Two Minute Rule is a straightforward yet powerful tool to overcome procrastination. Breaking the inertia of starting propels one into action, setting the stage for continuous progress and productivity. 

While seemingly simple, its consistent application can lead to profound changes in both personal and professional spheres.

This cheat sheet offers a concise guide to understanding and implementing the Two Minute Rule, a transformative approach to combatting procrastination.

 By taking small, actionable steps, one can navigate through tasks efficiently, making each day more productive and fulfilling.

Dan O'Connell