You start a few lines on computer, then your mind wanders off for a moment. You type a few more lines, then you decide to watch funny videos on internet.
Does this happen to you often?
Do you feel you procrastinate a lot?
Today, I’m gonna share with you a method which helped me to overcome procrastination.
The Two Minute Rule
“When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.”
I went through quite a roller coaster in my life. From being a straight A’s (we had grades during my time) student, to almost failing in exams due to cockiness, and then slowly rebuilding myself to becoming someone with a degree in mechanical engineering and MBA.
Having these flashbacks, I decided to share with you a method to cast a new habit into your life.
The idea behind the two minute rule is to make it easy to create new habits.
Anyone can work for one minute or read one page. Or anyone can work on a difficult task each day too.
This is a powerful strategy because once you’ve started doing the right thing, it is much easier to continue doing it.
A new habit should not feel like a challenge. There should be less barrier to it.
People often underestimate this rule. They feel it’s strange to get hyped about reading one page or making one sales call per day. They argue it’s counter productive while those who stand by it, argue that it’s a long term process.
But the point is not to do one thing. The point is to master the habit of showing up. The truth is, a habit must be established before it can be perfected.
As you master the art of showing up, the first two minutes simply become a ritual at the beginning of a larger routine.
This is not merely a strategy to make habits easier but actually the ideal way to master a difficult skill.
Strategies like this work for another reason too: they reinforce the identity you want to build.
For example, if you decide to read on a topic everyday—even if it’s just for two minutes—you are instilling a new habit for your identity.
You’re not worried about mastering the topic – which can be overwhelming when starting out.
You’re just focused on becoming the type of person who doesn’t miss reading about it.
You’re taking the smallest action that leads to giant outcome. And like every giant leap, it starts with a small step.
That’s it for me today.
I hope this article has been helpful for you to overcome the giant obstacle between you and success.
Let me know what you think in the comment below whether this method works for you. Keep grinding and hustling.