The first Leap Day-related question that comes to mind is: “What did you do with your extra day?” Did you check a few more emails or schedule a meeting to start a new project? Maybe you took the day off to spend time with your family or go ice fishing before the ice on the lakes melt.
In the hectic business world, having more time can be a luxury. To help you get more time out of your day throughout the year (not just on a Leap Year), we found a method that can help you stop procrastinating and jumpstart your projects and goals. This method is called the Two-Minute Rule.
How the Two-Minute Rule works:
If a task takes two minutes or less to accomplish, do it now.
This could be any small task, from washing your dishes after a meal to sending that follow-up email when the thought pops into your head. Instead of having the idea floating around in your brain or sitting idly on your to-do list, getting it done allows you to focus your energy on a larger task or goal.
There is also a way to apply the rule to projects that take longer than two minutes.
If it takes longer than two minutes:
The method suggests breaking down the goal into two-minute-sized chunks. Work on doing more on social media by writing out a schedule of how often you want to post. Want to start reading more? Read for two minutes on your lunch break!
The best way to make the Two-Minute Rule work is to act on your thoughts. While I’m not really a science person, they say that whatever is in motion will stay in motion. Starting your task when you think of it will help you follow through on completing it.