TLDR; It’s hard to do things in 2 minute intervals.
A month ago, I shared my thoughts on trying to segment everyday tasks into executable 2 minute tasks. The goal was to get past the boring but necessary parts of life to enjoy the unique parts.
I learned that:
- I’m impatient. I wanted to squeeze everything into 2 minute blocks. I’m asking myself, “why did I try and get everything done in 2 minutes?” This warrants reflection.
- I struggle to make wise decisions in a 2 minute time span.
- I was annoyed with beeping watch alarm.
- I loved finishing tasks in 2 minutes.
- Timing myself did not change my ability to task execution.
I killed the 2 minute drill and pulled in these tactics:
- Ask myself if I can really accomplish task in 2 minutes. If yes, do it. If not, define next actions and best execution track.
- Ditch the watch timer. I’m able to rely on my brain’s 2 minute estimation with confidence.
- Plan times in the day devoid of 2 minute execution intervals. I do better by balancing “sprinting” execution with longer work intervals for creative & knowledge centric work.
- Invest in mentally refreshing activities & experiences. Going on 1-2 hour road bike treks helps me come back engaged and ready to invest.