Monthly Archives: October 2014

Todo hacking – 2 minute tasks, 10+ hour tasks and other tricks

So I’ve been looking more into getting things done, one of the really useful bits of advice found, was to do with 2 minute tasks. The advice itself is very simple, if something is going to take less than 2 minutes do it now/straight away. Really quite easy to do however it in itself is very powerful. We’ve all spent time procrastinating about tasks that in the time we could have done 10 or 100 times over.

I’ve tried extend the 2 minute right away to include stuff that is 10-20 minutes as well, it’s really rather easy to just bash stuff out. Stuff can be as simple as a quick exercise, doing the laundry, having a shower, a quick tidy or replying to emails or messages. In theory this post will take me around 20 minutes, so I’m getting it done now and putting it out there.

Now for the longer tasks the advice is simple break them down. For this I’ve been using trello to break down the task and time scheduling to generally chip away at it.

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The old adage of Rome wasn’t built in a day rings true here as well. Stuff like language learning, a coursera course or a project falls into this category. Keep moving in the right direction and you’ll get there in the end.

As a bonus suggestion as well, feel free to drop or down grade the priority on something, i.e. not going to Spain / South America any time soon? Maybe language learning can wait a bit longer.

I try to also find blockers. Blockers are tasks that need to be done before you can proceed to the next stage. If the to do list item is launch a website,  writing the site itself needs to be before it!

Have a good day and boom this post is another task done, another one for the done list, which itself is a handy technique as you can actually look back and realise you’ve done quite a lot 🙂

Become unstoppable.