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  • 2 minutes rule problems

    What would you do if you get a task and it turns to be a Project that you put into your system. When you decide the first NA it turns out to be less then 2 minutes and you do it now. When finished you decide a new NA and it turns to be less then 2 minutes either. And so forth There's a chance that you would be doing one project only without a chance going to other maybe more important NAs Or you have some tricks?

    Regards,

    Eugene.

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    I don't think this is a problem. Even if the next 10 NAs can be accomplished in under 2 minutes, you've spent only 20 minutes. Presumably, getting 10 NAs done on a project is a very good thing, so spending 20 minutes doesn't seem like a problem.

    The problem comes when you are wrong about 2 minutes. It's a deceptively short time. I find that I frequently under-estimate the time required, and what seems like 2 minutes, is closer to 5.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Borisoff
      What would you do if you get a task and it turns to be a Project that you put into your system. When you decide the first NA it turns out to be less then 2 minutes and you do it now. When finished you decide a new NA and it turns to be less then 2 minutes either. And so forth There's a chance that you would be doing one project only without a chance going to other maybe more important NAs Or you have some tricks?

      Regards,

      Eugene.
      Eugene, IMHO it doesn't matter if you pick up 10 tasks that each take 2 minutes, whether or not they are separate tasks or related to a project.

      They're all still 2-minute tasks and should be handled appropriately. Why would we descriminate against them just because they're part of a bigger outcome?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Borisoff
        What would you do if you get a task and it turns to be a Project that you put into your system. When you decide the first NA it turns out to be less then 2 minutes and you do it now. When finished you decide a new NA and it turns to be less then 2 minutes either. And so forth
        I don't see it as a problem, so long as you do the NAs in a short period of time as already commented by others. What's important is to make sure that the task (project) concerned is not overlooked when you do your Weekly Review.

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        • #5
          Doing the Math

          Eugene,

          To extend on thoppa's example, if your average ratio of two-minute tasks to longer tasks is ten percent, then the chance of encountering 10 two-minute tasks in a row is one in ten billion. I think you have a higher chance of being hit on the head by an asteroid.

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