To Do Now or Do Later: Following the 'Two Minute Rule"

When faced with a task, how do you know if it's something you should do right away or perhaps something you can put off until later? Some tasks are quite obvious as to the kind, amount or urgency of attention that it needs. Emergency situations or critical tasks are readily apparent that they should be dealt with as soon as possible.

But what of other tasks whose urgency are less obvious?

Here's the hack: Follow the 'two minute rule'. That's right. Is the task something that you can do now for only two minutes (or less)? If so, do it now and get it over with. Putting if off for later actually will tend to lengthen the time it will take that job to get done. For example, a task that would have only taken 2 minutes if you handled it now, will actually likely become a 5 minute task if you decide to do it some other time in the future.

How does a task turn from a 2-minute task to a 5-minute task? Perhaps it's the mental adjustments that have to occur when switching from thinking about doing a task now, deciding to just do it later, doing something else in the meantime, then remembering to go back to that something you put off for later, then actually doing the task. 

Doing it now actually saves you time.