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  • Writer's pictureHeatherAnne Norbury

How to Break Mental Resistance with the 2-Minute Rule

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Do you ever have a task that you can't seem to get started? Maybe it's a big project that seems overwhelming, or maybe it's a small task that you don't feel like doing. Whatever the reason, procrastination can be a major obstacle to getting things done.

But what if there was a way to break through that mental resistance and start working on your tasks? That's where the 2-minute rule comes in.

The 2-minute rule is a productivity hack that can help you overcome procrastination. Here's how it works:

If you can complete a task in two minutes or less, do it right now.

That's it! That's the whole rule. But it's surprisingly effective.

The 2-minute rule works so well because it takes advantage of our natural tendency to avoid tasks that seem daunting. When we're faced with a big task, our brains go into "flight or fight" mode. We start to think about all the things that could go wrong, and we start to feel overwhelmed. This leads to procrastination, which can derail our productivity and prevent us from reaching our goals.

The 2-minute rule breaks through this mental resistance by making it easy to start a task. When we know that we only have to work for two minutes, it's much easier to overcome our initial hesitation and get started. And once we start working, we're often more likely to keep going.

Apply the 2-minute rule to any task, big or small. Here are a few examples:

* Respond to an email.

* Send a text message.

* Take out the trash.

* Fold laundry.

* Water your plants.

* Read a page of a book.

* Do 10 push-ups.

* Declutter 5 items.

If you can complete a small task or a small part of a bigger task in two minutes or less, do it right now. You can do a lot when you start breaking down your tasks into small, manageable chunks.

Here are a few tips for using the 2-minute rule:

Be specific. When you're using the 2-minute rule, it's important to be specific about what you're going to do. For example, instead of saying "I'm going to clean my room," say "I'm going to pick up one piece of trash."

Set a timer. Once you've decided what you're going to do, set a timer for two minutes. This will help you stay focused and avoid getting sidetracked. Once you have built a habit, the timer is usually unnecessary but it helps keep you on track in the beginning.

Don't stop. Keep focused on your task until the timer goes off, then see how you feel about continuing! If you are engaged in the task now, keep going.

The 2-minute rule is a simple but powerful productivity hack. It can help you break through mental resistance and get started on your tasks. So next time you're faced with a daunting task, remember the 2-minute rule and start working!

If you're looking to put the 2-minute rule into practice toward decluttering, consider joining my free Decluttering Community Facebook group for more tips and support.

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