Monday, April 14, 2008

The Two Minute Rule......sounds good to me.........

Here in Kansas, I have lots of time on my hands. Other than doctor's appointments, treatments and "prescription pick-ups" I have very few demands on my time. Heck, even my kids (thousands of miles away) have been great at handling their own emergencies and figuring out stuff on their own. Days of continuous crisis managment seem far far away...........

Having said this, I was still interested in this article about what happens when you are too busy to deal with "secondarily" important actions and projects.

Where do fires and crises come from? Usually from not-so-urgent things that people ignore because they are distracted by the crises of the moment. Then, ignored, they cause the next fires and crises."

The author has a "two-minute rule" - if the action on something takes less than two minutes, do it as soon as you look at or think of it. For example, ignoring worn tires because they're not yet urgent sets up the likelihood of a blowout. Whatever else was lined up for later has now become a candidate for crisis because changing the tire has become your very next appointment. And by the way, does that spare have air? It's not urgent, but it will take less than two minutes to check the next time you are at the gas station.

If you're going to do it at all, says the author, and it takes less than two minutes, 95% of the time you'll save time and be much more proactive if you do it immediately. The little, unimportant things too often demand much more attention later on than they deserve, and become too important because they weren't handled when they would have been easy. And many of them can be handled very efficiently in the little weird windows of time we get in odd situations and circumstances.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This supports the old adage "a stitch in time saves nine". It is those little things that gradually grow in importance as they are ignored. Sometimes they can have grave reprecussions as the example of the worn tire suggests.
It reminds not to waste those precious minutes.